Tina Turners Switzerland home inundated with tributes and special messages after death
Tina Turner’s home has been inundated with floral tributes as fans pay homage to the pop legend following her death.
The iconic singer died aged 83 at her villa in Küsnach near Zurich, Switzerland, following a long, unspecified illness, it was announced on Wednesday.
Tina, who was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, rose to fame in a band alongside abusive ex husband Ike Turner and went on to become one of rock’s most famous voices – with classic hits including Proud Mary and The Best.
She has won eight competitive Grammy Awards and has a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St Louis Walk of Fame.
In a statement announcing her death, her representative said: "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 Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland.
"With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model."
Fans paid tribute to the rock icon by leaving flowers and special messages outside her Switzerland home.
Well-wishers were seen leaving candles as a mark of respect to Tina on Thursday. One of the messages left for the pop megastar read: “You’re Simply the Best.”
Last month, in what are believed to be her final public remarks, Tina discussed how she hoped she would be remembered – and how she did not fear death.
“How would you like to be remembered?' the Guardian asked her.
She replied: “As the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. As a woman who showed other women that it is OK to strive for success on their own terms.”
Asked if anything frightened her about getting older, she said: “Nothing. This is life's full adventure and I embrace and accept every day with what it brings.”
Tributes to the singer poured in from celebrities after news of her death broke.
Dame Shirley Bassey took to share an old picture of them together, saying: "Tina and I were friends during the golden age of Pop, Rock & Roll!"
The Welsh singer added: "She really gave it her everything and was a fantastic performer. I'm deeply saddened to hear of her passing. My condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in peace."
Naomi Campbell also paid tribute to Tina, saying: "Rest in Peace & Power THE QUEEN , LEGEND, ICON. There will never be another. Cherish my times with you.”
Singer Paloma Faith also praised Tina on Instagram for being one of her “greatest influences and inspirations”.
She added: "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.”
Following the news of her death, Oprah Winfrey also released her own heartfelt statement on Instagram as she shared a number of snaps and videos of the pair.
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