Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll Tina Turner died on Wednesday at age 83, and her fans and friends swarmed social media with heartfelt tributes to the multi-Grammy winner and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
“Heaven has gained an angel. Rest in Paradise Tina Turner,” singer Ciara posted on Twitter. “Thank you for the inspiration you gave us all.”
Heaven has gained an angel.— Ciara (@ciara) May 24, 2023
Rest in Paradise Tina Turner.
Thank you for the inspiration you gave us all. pic.twitter.com/JMxa9kBsmF
Singer Gloria Gaynor, best known for her 1978 hit, “I Will Survive,” paid tribute to Turner as a performer “who paved the way for so many women in rock music, Black and white.”
I am so, so very sad to hear of the passing of @TinaTurner, the iconic legend who paved the way for so many women in rock music, black and white. She did with great dignity & success what very few would even have dared to do in her time and in that genre of music 🕊 #TinaTurner pic.twitter.com/HrcJj7PltI— Gloria Gaynor (@gloriagaynor) May 24, 2023
Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones sent prayers to Turner’s family and posted photos of himself alongside the legendary performer. “God bless you, Tina,” he wrote.
🙏💕God bless you Tina, the Queen Of Rock And Soul and a dear friend to our family. Love and prayers to all of Tina’s family, friends and loved ones #tinaturner @tinaturner pic.twitter.com/BUNBAdsCKl— Ronnie Wood (@ronniewood) May 24, 2023
Rock royal Mick Jagger wrote that he was saddened by “the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner” who “helped me so much when I was young.” He posted photos of Turner performing, including a couple of the two of them onstage together.
I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner.— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) May 24, 2023
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. pic.twitter.com/TkG5VrdxXO
Blondie singer Debbie Harry wrote on Twitter that she, too, was “a benefactor of the energy, creativity and talents of Tina Turner.”
"I was a benefactor of the energy, creativity and talents of Tina Turner. A woman who started in rural Nutbush, TN cotton fields and worked her way to the very top. Tina was a great inspiration to me when I was starting out and remains so to this day. Love you Tina. RIP.” —DH pic.twitter.com/2sqg0biujc— Debbie Harry/BLONDIE (@BlondieOfficial) May 24, 2023
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre referenced Turner’s death from the podium on Wednesday, calling her passing “a massive loss.”
“Tina Turner was an icon … It is a massive loss.”— The Recount (@therecount) May 24, 2023
— White House Press Karine Jean-Pierre commemorates the passing of rock ‘n’ roll legend Tina Turner pic.twitter.com/vBjqeEHuw7
Actress Angela Bassett, who portrayed Turner in the 1993 film “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” put the performer’s impact into context in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.
“How do we say farewell to a woman who owned her pain and trauma and used it as a means to help change the world? Through her courage in telling her story, her commitment to stay the course in her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a space in rock and roll for herself and for others who look like her, Tina Turner showed others who lived in fear what a beautiful future filled with love, compassion, and freedom should look like,” Bassett said.
Singer and performer Diana Ross also sent condolences to “Tina Turner’s family and loved ones.”
Shocked. Saddened. Sending condolences to Tina Turner’s family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/FGlQfjxaGh— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) May 24, 2023
Journalist Yashar Ali wrote that the impact Tina Turner had on music and performing “can’t be overstated. From Beyoncé to Mick Jagger, so much started with her.” Ali added that as a writer who has spoken to many women who survived violence, “I can’t tell you how often Tina Turner came up as an inspiration.”
The impact Tina Turner had on music and performing can't be overstated.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 24, 2023
From Beyoncé to Mick Jagger, so much started with her.
But as someone who has spoken to many women who survived violence in different forms, I can't tell you how often Tina Turner came up as an inspiration. https://t.co/sqVzacwXrl
Many people online resurfaced old videos of the star performing in the ‘80s.
Tina Turner performing "Steel Claw" in 1984. What a legend. pic.twitter.com/pIkRqjtokO— CONSEQUENCE (@consequence) May 24, 2023
Give me one more shot⁰Baby it’s all i got⁰Baby don’t freeze up on me⁰one more shot⁰I love, i love, i love, i love, i love x 3⁰Na na na na na na na na na⁰Na na na na na na na na na⁰one more shot#TinaTurner— borisvian1🇪🇨🇺🇦 (@shababaty) May 24, 2023
Yes #TinaTurner will always be “simply the best.” Thank you for the love you shared with the world. You overcame the pain of abandonment, physical, emotional & sexual violence and showed us how to move from “trauma to transformation.” & embrace the light. #RestInPowerTinaTurner🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/SEyolrhKVa— Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali 🇧🇷 🇪🇹 🇵🇷🇯🇲🤙🏾 (@EJinAction) May 24, 2023
‘𝗦𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁’. 🖤— Jesús Álvarez (@jesusalvarezg) May 24, 2023
Descanse en paz, Tina Turner. pic.twitter.com/vE9PjQnJyL
The sun is eclipsed this evening as are all the angels as a legend is now in the heavens shining more brightly. 😭 I absolutely loved #Tina #TinaTurner pic.twitter.com/qfobbb8Hws— 🇺🇸 Army Veteran in 🇺🇦 (@73RDARM) May 24, 2023
Even NASA reacted to Turner’s death.
“Simply the best. Music legend Tina Turner sparkled across the stage and into million of hearts as the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Her legacy will forever live among the stars.”
Simply the best. Music legend Tina Turner sparkled across the stage and into millions of hearts as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. Her legacy will forever live among the stars. pic.twitter.com/W0OGq61vwT— NASA (@NASA) May 24, 2023