Sir Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones have paid tribute to the “inspiring, warm, funny and generous” Tina Turner following her death at the age of 83.
Multiple Grammy-award winner Turner, best known for hits such as The Best, Private Dancer and What’s Love Got to Do With It, died “peacefully” on Wednesday after a long illness at his home in Kusnacht, near Zurich, Switzerland, according to his publicist. Died.
Sir Mick, who duetted with her on stage during Live Aid in 1985, wrote on Instagram: “I am so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was indeed a very talented artist and singer.
“She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me a lot when I was younger and I will never forget her.
Rolling Stones guitarist Wood described him as a “dear friend of our family”.
“God bless you Queen of Rock and Soul and dear friend of our family Tina,” he tweeted.
Sir Elton John said that Turner was “a total legend on record and on stage”.
He shared a photo of the pair together on Instagram, writing, “We have lost one of the most exciting and electric artists of the word.”
“An absolute legend on record and on stage. She was untouchable. Condolences to Irwin and his family. Saddest news.”
Actresses Angela Bassett and Viola Davis were also paying tribute to the late star.
In a lengthy statement shared with US outlets, Bassett said Turner had given the world “more than we could ever ask for”.
The actress starred as Turner in the 1993 film What’s Love Got to Do With It, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
“I am honored to have known Tina Turner. I am humbled to have helped show her to the world,” Bassett said in her statement to US media.
“So today, while we mourn the loss of this iconic voice and presence, she gave us more than we could have ever asked for.
“She gave us her whole self. And Tina Turner is a gift that will always be “just the best”.
Davis said that the singer was “our first icon of excellence” and that fans will remain “adoring” of her legacy.
“Iconic. Beautiful. A survivor. Brilliance,” she wrote on Instagram.
“Our first epitome of excellence and unbridled mastery over sensuality!! You were my childhood
“Oh man!!! God is getting an angel today!!! Rest in peace Ms. Tina Turner. We will carry on your legacy!!!”
American singer and actress Bette Midler said that Turner would perform “lead” vocals for “Flying Angels Sing to Comfort Her”.
The American singer and actress wrote on Twitter, ‘Our dear Tina Turner has passed away.
“From #nutbush to the top, she was an absolutely fabulous artist and an inspiration to all of us.
“Flight of angels sings her to rest, but if I know Tina, she’s singing lead.”
American singer Diana Ross said she was “shocked” and “saddened” by the news of Tina Turner’s death.
Turner retired after a sold-out farewell tour, which ended in 2009, and a 2021 film titled Tina is billed as her way of saying goodbye to fans.
Charity Women’s Aid was also among those remembering the star, supporting a UK domestic abuse group during the fifth anniversary of the West End musical titled Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.
“We are very sad to hear that Tina Turner passed away today after a long illness,” the charity tweeted.
“The domestic abuse survivor who went on to inspire other women, and recently chose to support Women’s Aid for the 5th anniversary of @TinaTheMusical, she will always be #SimplyTheBest.”
Women’s Aid previously said that it was “meaningful” to have “the story of such a powerful and influential woman supporting our mission”.
The official website for the UK production of the musical quotes Turner as saying: “It’s really important to me that I get the chance to share my full story.
“This musical isn’t about my stardom. It’s about the journey I took to get there. Every night I want audiences to take away from the theater that you can turn poison into medicine.
The Aldwych Theatre, the current home of the West End show, portrays the life of the late singer on his journey from his humble beginnings to a rock ‘n’ roll star, said to be “very proud to tell his story”.
The theater tweeted: “Rest in peace Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock n Roll.
“We are so proud to be able to tell her story on our platform and celebrate such a formidable woman with audiences of all ages.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, who collaborated with Turner on the 1985 song It’s Only Love, said she was “one hell of a powerhouse woman”.
“RIP @tinaturner. The world just lost one hell of a powerhouse woman,” he said.
“We will be forever grateful for the time we spent together on tour, in the studio and as friends.
“Thank you for being an inspiration to millions of people around the world for speaking your truth and giving us the gift of your incredible voice.
“My condolences to her husband Irwin and Tina’s family. It’s just love… and that’s all.”
Singer Rick Astley hailed Turner as “one of the greats”, while Gloria Gaynor hailed her as an “iconic legend” who paved the way for so many women in rock music, black and white.