News of Tina Turner’s passing today brought swift reaction from some of the biggest names in music, sports, television and politics.
Mick Jagger, Turner’s one-time collaborator, wrote on Twitter: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was indeed a very talented artist and singer. She was inspirational, warm, funny and generous. He helped me a lot when I was young and I will never forget him.
Angela Bassett, who memorably played Turner What’s Love Got To Do With It? shared a lengthy statement with Deadline, which read, “Her last words to me — to me — ‘You never copied me. Instead, you reached deep into your soul, found your inner Tina, and Showed him to the world. I will keep these words close to my heart for the rest of my days. I am honored to have known Tina Turner.”
Brian Wilson said, “I loved Tina and her voice and energy – she was one of the greats. “River Deep, Mountain High” will always be one of my favorite songs. And her version of “Proud Mary” Nothing beats K. I loved her music too. Love and kindness.
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Questlove was more lyrical, sharing these thoughts on Facebook:
King and Queen.
She was everything.
I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to Tina Turner.
But it’s 2023…and here we are.
what a wonderful life.
Forever Love Tina Turner. Rest in sweetness.
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A tribute from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame read in part, “Tina Turner worked hard to redefine the role of a black woman in rock and roll—one that was firmly placed front and center. “
Gloria Gaynor, a musical legend in her own right, wrote that Turner “paved the way for so many women in rock music, black and white. She did it with great dignity and success that very few in her time and would have dared to do in that style of music.”
In a video posted to social media, hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash recalled his strength and ended with “rest in peace.” You Desire Will be remembered.
Singer Ciara wrote in part, “Rest in Paradise Tina Turner. Thank you for the inspiration you give to all of us.