President Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton pay tribute to Tina Turner

US President Joe Biden and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have joined those to pay tribute to Tina Turner’s “once-in-a-generation talent”.

Biden praised the singer’s “remarkable” personal strength in addition to “changing American music forever”.

Turner, the multiple Grammy-award winner best known for hits including The Best and Proud Mary, died “peacefully” on Wednesday at the age of 83.

Following the announcement former and current US leaders gathered with fans and members of the entertainment industry to remember him.

“Before she was the queen of rock and roll, Tina Turner was a farmer’s daughter in Tennessee. As a child, she sang in the church choir before becoming one of the most successful recording artists of all time,” Biden said.

“Besides being a once-in-a-generation talent who changed American music forever, Tina’s personal strength was remarkable.

“Overcoming adversity and even abuse, she built a career for the ages and a life and legacy that was entirely hers.

“Jill and I send our love and prayers to her husband Irwin, the rest of the Turner family, and fans around the world who are mourning today for the woman they agree was ‘simply the best’ Was.”

Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama shared a joint statement on Twitter and Instagram, describing Turner as “raw, powerful and unstoppable”.

“She was herself without regret, speaking and singing her truth through joy and pain; Triumph and tragedy,” he said.

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“Today we join fans around the world in honoring the Queen of Rock and Roll and a star whose light will never fade.”

Harris said on Twitter that Turner was a “brilliant light” and “simply the best”.

“Tina Turner was a shining light whose life was a testament to all who believe in what is possible, regardless of what has happened,” she said.

“From Nutbush, TN to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his strength, voice and signature moves inspired millions. Tina Turner was the best.”

In his own post, Clinton recalled meeting the singer twice, in 1984 and again with Sir Elton John at a charity event in Russia on her 67th birthday.

“I loved Tina Turner and will never forget meeting her when she came to Little Rock for a concert after she released Private Dancer in 1984,” he said.

“We met again on his 67th birthday in St. Petersburg, where he and Elton John sang at a charity event.

“She still had talent, style, energy and authenticity. A priceless gift to music lovers everywhere. May her soul rest in peace.”

Clinton’s former Vice President Al Gore also praised Turner’s “perseverance and show-stopping talent”.

“Growing up in the small town of Nutbush, TN Tina Turner grew up to be the queen of rock and roll,” he said.

“But it was her strength, tenacity and show-stopping talent that made her a global icon.

I join fans around the world in mourning his passing and celebrating the joy he brought to millions.

In 2005, former President George W. Bush famously described Turner’s legs as “the most famous in showbusiness” and it was reported that he had insured them for hundreds of millions of US dollars.

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