The passing of Tina Turner has sent shockwaves throughout the world, leaving everyone in mourning. As a legendary singer in her own right, her death has deeply affected many. The news of her passing prompted an outpouring of tributes from notable names across various industries.
Those who mourn her loss most deeply are the ones who shared the same stage and era with her—her contemporaries and fellow celebrities. As the news spread, countless tributes from renowned stars and influential figures flooded in. A statement was shared on Turner’s official Instagram account, announcing, “Today, Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ peacefully passed away at the age of 83 after a long illness at her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. The world mourns the loss of a music legend and a role model.”
The statement recounted Turner’s humble beginnings, stating, “Born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in Nutbush, Tennessee, USA, Tina Turner rose to fame in the late ’60s as the lead singer of Ike & Tina Turner Revue. However, she later achieved worldwide success as a solo artist. With her music and boundless vitality, Tina Turner captivated millions of fans and inspired countless artists in subsequent generations.” The statement continued, “Her unique legacy includes global hits like ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It,’ ‘Private Dancer,’ and ‘The Best,’ with over 180 million albums sold, 12 Grammy Awards, and more than three decades of sold-out stadium tours around the world.”
Dolly Parton, a contemporary and friend of Tina Turner, shared a heartfelt message on a simple white background that read, “Now she’s rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ on to glory. Roll on Tina. We will always love you.” Mick Jagger expressed his grief and referred to Turner as “an enormously talented performer and singer.” He shared several images of the singer, including one with himself passionately singing alongside her. In a tweet, he wrote, “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. 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.” Diana Ross also expressed her condolences, tweeting, “Shocked. Saddened. Sending condolences to Tina Turner’s family and loved ones,” accompanied by a picture of the two women together.
Even former President Barack Obama was devastated by the loss. He praised Tina Turner, stating, “She was raw, powerful, and unstoppable. She fearlessly spoke and sang 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 fade.” Oprah Winfrey, who considered Turner her role model, shared her profound sadness, recalling how Turner inspired and encouraged her. She wrote, “She was not only a role model for me but for the world. She awakened a part of me I didn’t know existed.” Priscilla Presley mentioned that Tina Turner was one of Elvis’ favorite performers in her tribute.
Angela Bassett, who portrayed the late singer in a biopic about her life, expressed her heartbreak and shared a meaningful conversation she had with Turner about playing her in the movie. Bassett wrote, “Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like. Her final words to me—for me—were, ‘You never mimicked me. Instead, you reached deep into your soul, found your inner Tina, and showed her to the world.'”