Bouquets of flowers were laid outside the Aldwych Theater in London tonight, where a screening of the Tina Turner Musical was ending, as fans came to terms with her death.
The iconic singer died today at her home in Küsnach, near Zurich, Switzerland, at the age of 83 after a long unspecified illness. Her reps confirmed her death, saying, “With her, the world loses a music legend and role model.”
Fans watching the musical in the West End tonight learned of his death during the show’s interval when the cast appeared on stage to deliver the “very emotional” news to the audience, the BBC reported. The troupe then continued the performance.
Tony Ansell, 64, from Northampton, Northamptonshire, laid a bouquet of flowers in front of the Aldwych in tribute to the late Queen of Rock ‘N’ Roll before the crowd left the theatre. He said that Turner had “inspired millions across the UK”.
In a career spanning more than 60 years, the singer has won eight competitive Grammy Awards and was one of the world’s most popular artists, known for his core of pop, rock, and rhythm and blues favorites.
Her last concert in a stadium was in Sheffield in 2009. But she has been commemorated by the musical which has been playing in the West End since 2018 and has played in theaters across the United States. Turner was also a producer on the show.
Londoners are paying tribute to Tina Turner (pictured in 2008) after learning of her death
Bouquets of flowers were laid outside the Aldwych Theater in London tonight, where a screening of the Tina Turner musical was ending, as fans came to terms with her death.
Fans watching the musical in the West End tonight learned of his death during the show’s interval when the cast appeared on stage to deliver the “very emotional” news to the audience.
Two sisters, Barbara and Izzy, aged 65 and 69, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, said the audience gasped when her death was announced.
They said it was ‘touching’ and ‘somber’, but Tina Turner ‘would have wanted the show to go on’, which is what the cast did ‘brilliantly’.
Fans and stars alike paid tribute to Turner today following the announcement of his death.
Sir Mick Jagger, with whom she shared electrifying chemistry onstage, Gloria Gaynor, Rick Astley, Paloma Faith and model Naomi Campbell were some of the first celebrities to honor the singer.
“I am very saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer,” Jagger wrote.
“She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me a lot when she was young and I will never forget her.’
Giorgio Armani, with whom she was close friends, said: ‘I listened to Tina Turner’s passing with sadness and disbelief: with her incredible energy she seemed eternal. Her music certainly is.
I will miss a great friend, whom I have also had the pleasure of dressing many times. In life, she was like she was on stage: pure energy. I am deeply saddened.
Tina Turner died at her home today at the age of 83 after a long illness. She is shown in 2019 at the opening night of the Tina Turner Musical in New York City.
A musical legend: Turner in 1997. In a recent interview, she said she wanted to be remembered as ‘the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’
Turner’s famously turbulent life and relationships were the subject of many adaptations both on stage and screen.
Her autobiography, I, Tina, was made into the 1993 film What’s Love Got To Do With It, which dramatized the mother-of-two’s relationship with Ike Turner and also saw Angela Bassett nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Tina in the biopic. .
Turner married her former German boyfriend, music executive Erwin Bach, in a Swiss civil ceremony in 2013 and has lived in Switzerland with him since 1994.
It was a second marriage for the music star, who was previously married to musician Ike from 1962 to 1978.
In her 1986 book, the singer recounted a harrowing story of abuse, including suffering a broken nose during the course of her marriage to Ike.
Ike died in December 2007 and Tina’s spokeswoman at the time was quoted as saying: “Tina knows that Ike passed away today. She hasn’t had any contact with him in 35 years. No further comments will be made.
She had suffered health problems in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and a kidney transplant in 2017.
In the autobiography Tina Turner: My Love Story, published in 2018, she revealed that Bach saved her life by donating one of his kidneys.
Tributes were left in front of Turner’s home in Zurich within hours of his death.
Tributes paid to Turner’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Turner with Mick Jagger during the 1985 Live Aid concert in Philadelphia. It was an iconic performance with palpable chemistry. Turner toured with the Rolling Stones in the late ’60s. In her last interview last month, Ella Turner admitted that she “was always in love” with him.
With Elton John in 1995 at the VH1 Fashion & Music Awards in New York
Turner’s last performance was in 2009 at the end of his 50th anniversary tour. She is shown to him during the multi-city tour in the UK.
His famous set list over the years includes the 1995 Bond theme for GoldenEye, featuring a tune of the same name co-written by Bono and The Edge of U2, and other songs include We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) , What’s Love Got to Do With It, Private Dancer, Let’s Stay Together and many more.
In 2008, he duetted with Beyonce at the Grammys for a rendition of Proud Mary that featured the two powerhouse singers, in sparkling outfits, mirroring each other’s choreography.
Other notable duets throughout his career included performing with David Bowie and in 1985 he took the stage with Sir Mick and The Rolling Stones during Live Aid.
Last year, Turner said after the death of his son Ronnie at the age of 62 that he “left the world too soon.” His other biological son, Craig Raymond Turner, died at age 59 in 2018.
In 2005, President George W. Bush described her legs as “the most famous in show business” and was reported to have insured them for hundreds of millions of US dollars.
The musical based on her life, titled Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, opened in London’s West End in 2018.
His career spanned more than music, starring in the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome opposite Mel Gibson and also appearing in 1993’s Last Action Hero.
Turner is survived by her husband, Erwin Bach, 68, and two adult children.
Turner with her first husband, Ike. The couple rose to stardom together in the Ike and Tina Turner Revue.
Tina and Ike with their children in 1972, six years before their divorce
In 2021, he sold the rights to his back catalog after settling with BMG for an undisclosed sum, relinquishing his share of his recordings, his music publishing writer share and his name, likeness and likeness, the company said.
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch paid tribute to Turner after her death, saying, “There will only be one Tina Turner.”
‘His music and the journey of his life touched so many people. We send our condolences to her beloved manager and her husband Erwin, and to all those who loved her.”
His solo works include 10 studio albums, two live albums, two soundtracks, and five compilations, which together have sold more than 100 million records.
In an interview with The Guardian earlier this year, when asked how she would like to be remembered, she said: “As the Queen of Rock’n’Roll.” As a woman who showed other women that it’s okay to strive for success on your own terms.’