The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll has left the stage.
Tributes have been pouring in for legendary musician Tina Turner, who passed away at the age of 83.
In a statement shared from her family to CNN, the What’s Love Got to Do with It hitmaker died peacefully in her home in Switzerland on 24 May 2023 after a long illness.
Tina Turner’s – who was born Anna Mae Bullock – legacy is marked by her decades-long career in the music industry, making history with arguably one of the greatest comebacks in music after her 1984 solo career resurgence with the multi-platinum album Private Dancer at the age of 44.
She also made history as the first woman to make the cover of music and pop culture publication Rolling Stone in the same year, showing the world one can strive for greatness, no matter the age.
Tina Turner was the first woman to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone (our second issue ever). Rest in peace to a legend and an icon. ?? https://t.co/Hhsf51aSY7 pic.twitter.com/oviMOUTdLC— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) May 24, 2023
Tina’s life story was one filled with success, pain, and perseverance; from coming out of an abusive and tumultuous relationship with former duo partner Ike Turner to being inducted twice into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Since her retirement in 2009, Tina shifted to philanthropy and self-care, co-founding the Swiss Beyond Foundation – which initiates the collaboration of musicians from all over the world – and staying true to her Buddhist beliefs.
“I very much lean into my faith – my Buddhist beliefs are my foundation. I am so happy to be retired – at 83, I’ve earned it – but the rituals that I’ve had since the early days are still with me. That includes spending time chanting in my little prayer room every day,” she told British Vogue in a April 2023 interview.
Industry colleagues and high-profile public figures alike – including former United States president Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Nomcebo Zikode, and Angela Bassett – have taken to their respective platforms, expressing their grief and gratitude, as well as special moments with Tina.
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Here are some of the tributes that have been pouring in for the late singer:
Day by day we will let go of this loss, but we will never let go of our love and appreciation for the mammoth role you have played in our music industry.— Nomcebo Zikode (@Nomcebozikode) May 25, 2023
RIP Tina Turner, your songs are immortal, you will live in our hearts always
through your voice. pic.twitter.com/HVdNvPYEmF
Tina Turner was raw. She was powerful. She was unstoppable. And she was unapologetically herself—speaking and singing her truth through joy and pain; triumph and tragedy. Today we join fans around the world in honoring the Queen of Rock and Roll, and a star whose light will never… pic.twitter.com/qXl2quZz1c— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 24, 2023
Tina Turner The Queen Of Rock & Roll— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) May 24, 2023
The foundation and trendsetter.
The Strength Heart and Soul.
The Catalyst Of Women Empowerment #RIPTinaTurner ???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/ZvFe9rO3rs
Another longtime friend has made her transition. Not only will I miss that eternal ball of energy named Tina Turner but the entire world will also find this void in their lives. My condolences to her husband and other members of her family. Rest in Peace my friend! pic.twitter.com/RsGNfzD02C— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) May 24, 2023
RIP Tina Turner.— Eusebius McKaiser (@Eusebius) May 24, 2023
Simply the best. pic.twitter.com/OhMHXXUYHr
Legend! pic.twitter.com/L1XudsCbsO— Redi Tlhabi (@RediTlhabi) May 24, 2023