As fans across the world mourn the loss of singing icon Tina Turner, details regarding her funeral have come to light.
Turner passed away peacefully at her home in Switzerland on Wednesday, May 24 at the age of 83. Her death was officially confirmed through a statement shared on her Instagram account.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner,” the statement read.
“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow.
“Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
Now her personal assistant of over 20 years, Eddy Hampton, has revealed that the Simply the Best hitmaker “did not want a big funeral” while discussing how Turner will be farewelled.
“She wanted to be cremated and I expect it to be a small, very private affair,” Hampton told the Mirror.
“I am sure there will be some kind of memorial concert and tribute later.”
“It will be for her very close friends in Switzerland, and her manager. It will not be a big family occasion,” he continued.
Those in attendance for the funeral will join the millions who are still mourning the loss of Turner. After news broke of her passing fans and fellow musicians offered their heartfelt tributes to the legendary singer while celebrating her immeasurable impact on the world of music.
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger was among the first to honour his “wonderful friend”, telling fans that he “will never forget her”.
I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner.
She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer. She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her. pic.twitter.com/TkG5VrdxXO
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) May 24, 2023
RIP my dear @tinaturner I’ll be forever grateful for you bringing me on tour, going in the studio together and most of all, being your friend. Thank you for being the inspiration to millions of people around the world for speaking your truth and giving us the gift of your… pic.twitter.com/KfD83r86rv
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) May 25, 2023
I’m devastated, what a woman! A friend and mentor – ‘It takes two’ – but there was only one Tina Turner ???? pic.twitter.com/Meeu2FHmPW
— Sir Rod Stewart (@rodstewart) May 25, 2023
Tina, the world will forever be grateful for your voice, your fearlessness, and your grace! You truly are the Queen of Rock & Roll and your spirit will reign forever! Rest in eternal peace and love! ❤️#TinaTurner pic.twitter.com/SeNcMAe9IU
— Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti) May 25, 2023
Turner’s incredible talent and unwavering determination to her craft saw her quickly achieve international stardom, leaving an enduring mark on the world of music and securing her place as the queen of rock and roll.
Her path to fame began when she joined Ike Turner’s band as a backup singer. It wasn’t long before her incredible vocal abilities and undeniable stage presence caught the attention of both audiences and the music industry. The duo quickly rose to fame as Ike & Tina Turner, captivating crowds with their electrifying performances that blended rock, soul, and rhythm and blues.
Over time, Turner’s talent demanded recognition in its own right, and her solo career soared to amazing heights. With a signature mix of rock, soul, and blues, she amazed fans worldwide. Hits such as What’s Love Got to Do with It, Private Dancer, and Simply the Best showcased her commanding voice, earning her countless accolades, including numerous Grammy Awards and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Turner is survived by her husband Erwin Bach and her adopted sons Ike Turner Jr and Michael.