Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, and more remember the late Tina Turner
The music world is mourning the loss of the legendary Tina Turner.
The "What's Love Got to Do With It" and "Simply the Best" singer died at 83 in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, on May 23 after a long illness.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner," a statement on Turner's Instagram read Wednesday. "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."
In the wake of Turner's death, close friends, peers, collaborators, and fans have taken to social media to pay their respects to the Queen of Rock & Roll.
Beyoncé penned a statement in honor of Turner on her website. "My beloved queen. I love you endlessly. I'm so grateful for your inspiration, and all the ways you have paved the way," she wrote. "You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of power and passion. We are all so fortunate to have witnessed your kindness and beautiful spirit that will forever remain. Thank you for all you have done."
Diana Ross shared a photo of her and Turner together at an event on Twitter, writing, "Shocked. Saddened. Sending condolences to Tina Turner's family and loved ones."
"I am so, so very sad to hear of the passing of @TinaTurner, the iconic legend who paved the way for so many women in rock music, Black and white," Gloria Gaynor wrote. "She did with great dignity and success what very few would even have dared to do in her time and in that genre of music."
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, whom Turner personally taught how to dance, remembered her as a "wonderful friend" both on and off stage. "I'm so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner," he wrote. "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."
Bryan Adams, who sang the track "It's Only Love" with Turner in 1984, posted a snapshot of him and Turner on Twitter. "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 unbelievable voice. My condolences to Erwin and your family. It's Only Love…and that's all."
Michelle Williams remembered Turner with an Instagram video in which she revisited gorgeous images of the singer from her 2020 book, Tina Turner: That's My Life. "Rest well!!!!" the Destiny's Child singer captioned the post. "You've meant so much to us! Your strength, courage, resilience, and uniqueness were some of the main ingredients of an incredible blueprint you leave behind!"
Ronnie Wood, who performed with Turner and Rod Stewart, wrote, "God bless you, Tina, the queen of rock and soul and a dear friend to our family. Love and prayers to all of Tina's family, friends, and loved ones #tinaturner."
The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, who once reportedly sat "transfixed" in the studio while Turner recorded "River Deep, Mountain High," shared how much the song continues to mean to him decades later. "I'm so sorry to hear about Tina Turner. I loved Tina and her voice and energy — she was one of the greats," he wrote. "'River Deep, Mountain High' will always be one of my favorite songs. And nothing beats her version of 'Proud Mary.' I loved her musical too. Love and mercy."
Ciara added, "Heaven has gained an angel. Rest in paradise, Tina Turner. Thank you for all the inspiration you gave us all."
Madonna posted a photo of she and Turner on her Instagram Story, adding, "Thank You Tina Turner!! You Paved the Way for so Many Women! God Bless You!!"
Cher reminisced about going to visit Turner, who was one of her good friends, during her final years while calling into MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber. "I started going to visit her because I thought, I need to put this time into our friendship so she knows that we haven't forgotten her," she said. "We kind of all took turns going and spending time with her and it made her happy."
"She's one of the great artists in our generation," Cher remarked. "There was no other person like her. There was no other person who could even come close to who she was."
She continued, "As a woman, she gave you lots of strength. And I'm sure she's encouraged so many young people, but she gave me lots of strength sometimes, and I gave her lots of strength, too. I think we were perfect friends for each other, truthfully."
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