The music world has taken to social media to pay tribute to Tina Turner, who has died at the age of 83. Her death was announced by her publicist, who said, “Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock’n Roll’ has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”
A second tribute was posted on Turner’s Facebook page. It 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.” Fellow musicians were swift to pay tribute.
“God bless you Tina,” added fellow Stone Ronnie Wood. “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.”
“Sad to hear of Tina Turner passing,” wrote Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler. “I saw her on her first major tour, supporting The Rolling Stones at Birmingham Odeon on 1966 and became an instant fan. RIP.”
“We have lost one of the world’s most exciting and electric performers,” wrote Elton John in an Instagram post. “A total legend on record and on stage. She was untouchable. Condolences to Erwin and her family. The saddest news.”
“I was a benefactor of the energy, creativity and talents of Tina Turner,” wrote Blondie’s Debbie Harry. “A woman who started in rural Nutbush, TN cotton fields and worked her way to the very top. Tina was a great inspiration to me when I was starting out and remains so to this day. Love you Tina. RIP.”
“The world just lost one of the greatest performers of all time,” tweeted Bryan Adams, who duetted with Turner on It’s Only Love in 1985. “I’ll be forever grateful for the time we spent together on tour, in the studio and as friends. Thank you for being the inspiration to millions of people around the world for speaking your truth and giving us the gift of your incredible voice.”
Ringo Starr tweeted, “God bless Tina turner, peace and love to all her family Ringo, peace and love.”