Tina Turner dies aged 83: Who did she collaborate with and tributes from Beyonce, Mick Jagger & more
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The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner, has died at the age of 83. The singer was best known as the voice behind some of music’s biggest hits like “Proud Mary”, “River Deep” and many more.
A spokesperson for the family confirmed the news in a statement that read: “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.”
Turner’s iconic career spanned over six decades, and in that time she collaborated with some of the biggest names in music. As well as inspiring a number of them, including Sir Mick Jagger who admitted that her performances inspired his stage presence.
Turner and The Rolling Stones had a long standing collaborative relationship. The singer was first invited to open for the rock band in the U.K. in 1966, and went on to tour and perform together throughout their careers. Mick Jagger said he was saddened by the death of his “wonderful friend”. He added: “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.”
The singer amassed 8 Grammy awards over the years and worked with fellow rockets The Who, David Bowie, Janis Joplin, and Eric Clapton to name a few. Turner collaborated with Bryan Adams when she sang on the Canadian rocker single "It’s Only Love" from his 1984 album Reckless. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and they performed it live together a handful of times.
Adams shared a tribute via Twitter, saying: “RIP @tinaturner 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.”
Turner collaborated with her friend, Cher, and sang the song ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ on The Cher Show in 1975. The clip of the pair singing went on to be a favourite to do this day. Following Turner’s death, Cher said: "There was no other person like her. There was no other person who could come close to who she was."
Cher told MSNBC’s The Beat With Ari Melber that she was able to visit the singer before her death, saying: "She said, ‘I can’t spend too much time,’ and then five hours later we were laughing like crazy and she wanted to get up and show everything she bought in the house," she said. "... She was having a good time in spite of the fact that she was really sick and not wanting people to know about it."
The final time Cher made the trip, she didn’t leave empty-handed, she said: "She gave me a pair of shoes the last time I saw her. What kind of shoes? Tina Turner shoes!" Cher quipped. "The big high heels that she just [walked] around in like they were nothing."
Turner performed with Beyonce at the 2008 Grammy Awards in what went down as one of the most iconic performances the awards show has ever seen. Beyonce penned a touching tribute to Turner and called her "my beloved queen" on her website, adding: "I love you endlessly. I’m so grateful for your inspiration, and all the ways you have paved the way.
"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."