Tina Turner dies: Mick Jagger leads tributes to the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll

24 May 2023, 21:30 | Updated: 5 October 2023, 14:16

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Tributes come in from across the world of music as news of Tina Turner's death breaks.

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Stars from all around the world have been sharing their tributes for Tina Turner after news of her death broke today (May 24).

The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll passed away at the age of 83 in Switzerland, her representative confirmed.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner," read a tribute post on the singer's Instagram page.

"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."

With her remarkable body of work and arena-shaking performances, Tina was a major influence on pretty much all 20th century music that followed her.

That influence has been seen in the wave of tributes from artists in every genre you could imagine in the wake of her passing, including the many artists with whom she collaborated.

"I'm so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner," said Mick Jagger, who performed with Tina at Live Aid in 1985.

"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 duetted with Tina on 'It's Only Love', said: "RIP @tinaturner The world just lost one hell of a powerhouse woman.

"My condolences to Erwin and Tina's family. 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 voice. It's Only Love and that's all.❤️ #tinaturner"

Angela Bassett, who won an Oscar nomination for playing Tina in the 1993 biopic What's Love Got To Do With It? told The Hollywood Reporter: “How do we say farewell to a woman who owned her pain and trauma and used it as a means to help change the world?

"Through her courage in telling her story, her commitment to stay the course in her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a space in rock and roll for herself and for others who look like her, Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like."

John Fogerty, who wrote and performed the original version of 'Proud Mary' with Creedence Clearwater Revival, said: "So deeply sad to hear about Tina Turner's passing… I loved her version of Proud Mary!

"It was different and fantastic. I was also so happy because she chose my song and it was her breakthrough record."

Elton John said: "We have lost one of the word’s most exciting and electric performers. A total legend on record and on stage. She was untouchable.

"Condolences to Erwin and her family. The saddest news. @tinaturner #RIP"

Fellow icon Diana Ross said on Twitter: "Shocked. Saddened. Sending condolences to Tina Turner’s family and loved ones."

Debbie Harry of Blondie said: "I was a benefactor of the energy, creativity and talents of Tina Turner. 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.” —DH

Bette Midler said: "Our beloved #TinaTurner has died. From #Nutbush to the top, she was an absolutely brilliant performer and inspiration to us all.

"May flights of angels sing her to her rest, but if I know Tina, she is singing lead."

Tina's influence went beyond just music, with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr's daughter Bernice King and domestic abuse charity Women's Aid also among those paying their respects.

"We are so sad to hear that Tina Turner has passed away today, following long-term illness," said Women's Aid.

"A survivor of domestic abuse who went on to inspire other women, & recently chose to support Women's Aid for the 5th anniversary of @TinaTheMusical, she will always be #SimplyTheBest."

Bernice said: "Goodnight, Queen. #TinaTurner #SimplyTheBest"

Fashion guru and collaborator Giorgio Armani said: "I heard of the passing of Tina Turner with sadness and disbelief. 

"With her incredible energy she seemed eternal. Her music certainly is. I will miss a great friend, who I have also had the pleasure to dress many times.

"In life, she was like she was on stage - pure energy. "I am deeply saddened."

Other stars who paid tribute included the likes of Barack Obama, Lionel Richie, Cyndi Lauper, Alicia Keys, Sting, Ringo Starr and many, many others.

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