Tributes have been coming in from across the world reacting to the news that Tina Turner, the pioneering rock’n’roll star who became a pop behemoth in the 1980s, has died aged 83 after a long illness.
Bryan Adams, the Canadian singer-songwriter, said Turner was “one hell of a powerhouse woman” and recalled the time the pair had spent together.
“RIP @tinaturner. The world just lost one hell of a powerhouse woman,” he said.
“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 incredible voice.
“My condolences to her husband Erwin and Tina’s family. It’s Only Love … and that’s all.”
Bette Midler, the singer and actor, said Turner would be performing “lead” vocals for the “flights of angels sing(ing) her to her rest”.
Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood shared pictures of Turner on social media, describing her as “a dear friend to our family”.
“God bless you Tina, the Queen Of Rock And Soul and a dear friend to our family,” he wrote.
“Love and prayers to all of Tina’s family, friends and loved ones #[email protected].”
The Rolling Stones’ singer Sir Mick Jagger, who duetted with Tina Turner during Live Aid in 1985, wrote on Instagram: “I’m so 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.”
Turner recently spoke about touring with Jagger in an interview with the Guardian in April.
Tina Turner: ‘I always had a crush on Mick Jagger. I loved touring with the Rolling Stones’
The Women’s Aid charity in the UK paid tribute to the singer, who recently supported them during the fifth anniversary of Tina, the West End musical about her life.
Paloma Faith described Turner as one of her “greatest influences and inspirations”.
Faith wrote on Instagram: “I can’t even begin. Really, I can’t. Tina you were probably one of my greatest influences and inspirations. I grew up with you in the background of my childhood and all through my time learning my craft I always returned to you.
“I am forever grateful I saw you live several times. I am forever in awe of your soul fire and energy. No one comes close.
“Thank you for all the gifts you gave me, and us, as women, to be empowered and stand up for ourselves and be counted by turning our pain into a force of nature. You really were incredible… RIP”.
Singer Rick Astley hailed Tina Turner as “one of the greats” in his own online tribute.
What a woman, what a life, what a voice! One of the GREATS!
Such sad news.
R.I.P ❤️ #tinaturner pic.twitter.com/x0JU3xs19H
— Rick Astley (@rickastley) May 24, 2023
The supermodel Naomi Campbell said: “Rest in Peace & Power THE QUEEN , LEGEND, ICON. There will never be another. Cherish my times with you.”
Roger Davies, the singer’s manager for 30 years, said: “Tina was a unique and remarkable force of nature with her strength, incredible energy and immense talent.
“From the first day I met her in 1980, she believed in herself completely when few others did at that time.
“It was a privilege and an honour to have been a close friend as well as her manager for more than 30 years.
“I will miss her deeply.”
American singer Ciara thanked Turner for the “inspiration you gave us all”.
Heaven has gained an angel.
Rest in Paradise Tina Turner.
Thank you for the inspiration you gave us all. pic.twitter.com/JMxa9kBsmF
— Ciara (@ciara) May 24, 2023
American singer Gloria Gaynor described Turner as an “iconic legend who paved the way for so many women in rock music, black and white”.
Gaynor tweeted: “I am so, so very sad to hear of the passing of @TinaTurner , the iconic legend who paved the way for so many women in rock music, black and white.
“She did with great dignity & success what very few would even have dared to do in her time and in that genre of music”. (The Guardian UK)