Following her death, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Elton John and others have paid tribute to Tina Turner.
On Wednesday (5.24,) a publicist for the ‘Queen of Rock & Roll’ confirmed that following a “long illness,” the superstar musician died in her Zurich, Switzerland home. She was 83.
Reacting to the tragic news, Beyoncé posted to her website, “My beloved queen. I love you endlessly. I’m so grateful for your inspiration, and all the ways you have paved the way. You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of power and passion. We are all so fortunate to have witnessed your kindness and beautiful spirit that will forever remain. Thank you for all you have done.”
Diana Ross took to Twitter telling her followers that she was “shocked” and “saddened” by Turner’s pass, adding “Sending condolences to Tina Turner’s family and loved ones.”
Sir Elton John shared a throwback photo of him and Tina on Instagram with the caption “We have lost one of the word’s most exciting and electric performers. A total legend on record and on stage. She was untouchable.”
Elsewhere on social media, Viola Davis called Tina “iconic” and “brilliant”, Oprah Winfrey described her as her role model and “our forever goddess of rock ‘n’ roll”, and Michelle Obama praised Turner for being “unstoppable” and “unapologetically herself”.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Angela Bassett, who earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Tina in the 1993 film What’s Love Got to Do With It, said, “I am honored to have known Tina Turner. I am humbled to have helped show her to the world. So on today, while we mourn the loss of this iconic voice and presence, she gave us more than we could have ever asked. She gave us her whole self. And Tina Turner is a gift that will always be ‘simply the best.’ Angels, sing thee to thy rest…Queen.”
Celebrities such as Halle Berry, Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, and Gloria Gaynor also paid tribute.