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‘A sad day for music and the world’: Tina Turner dies at 83, stars pay tribute

The music world has been paying tribute to musical icon and ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Tina Turner, who has died at the age of 83 after a long illness.

One of the most iconic and influential artists of the past 60 years, Turner first became famous in the late ‘60s as the singer of the band Ike & Tina Turner Revue, but later achieved worldwide as a solo artist. With hits such as What's Love Got To Do With It, Private Dancer, and The Best, Turner sold over 180 million albums, won eight Grammy Awards, and played numerous sold-out stadium tours across the globe. 

News of her death was announced on May 24, when it was confirmed that she had died peacefully at her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland

There will be a private funeral ceremony attended by close friends and family.

BMG - the custodian of Tina Turner’s music interests – paid tribute to the star.

CEO Hartwig Masuch said: “There will only ever be one Tina Turner. Her music and her life’s journey touched so many people. We send our condolences to her dear manager and husband Erwin and all those who loved her.”

CEO-designate Thomas Coesfeld, also commented: “Today is a sad day for music and for the world. We have lost one of music’s supreme talents, an icon for millions and a great human being. Tina Turner made clear to us her wish that her music and legacy should live on. We - and her countless fans around the world - will ensure that wish is respected.”

Many of the biggest names in music have also been paying tribute to Turner.

Beyoncé wrote on her website: "My beloved queen. I love you endlessly. I am so grateful for your inspiration, and all the ways you have paved the way. You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of passion and power.

"We are all so fortunate to have witnessed your kindness and beautiful spirit that will forever remain. Thank you for all you have done."

Sir Elton John wrote: “We have lost one of the word’s most exciting and electric performers. A total legend on record and on stage. She was untouchable.”

Mick Jagger also wrote on Twitter: "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."

Fellow Rolling Stone 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 #tinaturner@tinaturner.”

Diana Ross Tweeted: “Shocked. Saddened. Sending condolences to Tina Turner’s family and loved ones.”

Viola Davis, the actor and producer, said Turner was “our first symbol of excellence” and that fans would continue to “bask” in her legacy. “Iconic. Beautiful. A survivor. Brilliance,” she wrote on Instagram. “Our first symbol of excellence and unbridled ownership of sexuality!! You were my childhood.

“Oh man!!! God is getting an angel today!!! Rest well Ms. Tina Turner. We will bask in your legacy!!!”

Meanwhile, Bryan Adams posted the following on social media: “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.”

Singer Paloma Faith took to Instagram to write: “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”.