Rock stars react as Tina Turner dies at 83

Since Tina Turner, the legendary singer and two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, died at the age of 83 Wednesday fellow artistes have taken to social media to pay their respects.

Turner’s death was confirmed in a statement from her family. “Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n Roll,’ has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland,” they said. “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”

According to Ultimate Classic Rock, John Fogerty expressed pride that his song “Proud Mary” received a second life in Turner’s hands. “I loved her version of ‘Proud Mary!'” the rocker declared. “It was different and fantastic. I was also so happy because she chose my song and it was her breakthrough record. I was so honoured. I am also grateful I was on stage with her playing ‘Proud Mary’. Keep rollin’ on the river. Rest in peace, Tina.”

“I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner,” tweeted Mick Jagger. “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.”

“God bless you, Tina, the Queen of Rock and Soul and a dear friend to our family,” added Jagger’s Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood.

“Sad to hear of Tina Turner passing,” said Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler. “I saw her on her first major tour, supporting the Rolling Stones at Birmingham Odeon in 1966 and became an instant fan.”

Randy Bachman described Turner as “the queen of talent, perseverance and a role model for women everywhere,” adding, “We are fortunate that her legacy will live on through her music. Peace to her loved ones. An amazing force.”

Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale referred to Turner as “simply the best,” adding that she was “a very beautiful and gifted soul.” The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan described her as “legendary,” while hip-hop trailblazer Grandmaster Flash noted the singer personified “the ultimate strength of a woman.”

Meanwhile, Bryan Adams offered a personal message of praise for Turner, saying: “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 voice.”


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