Tina Turner shared how she wanted to be remembered weeks before death aged 83: ‘As the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’

President Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are among the high-profile tributes to Tina Turner  (Steve Butler/PA)
President Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are among the high-profile tributes to Tina Turner (Steve Butler/PA)

Tina Turner revealed how she wanted to be remembered in her final interview six weeks before her death aged 83.

The musical icon died at her home in Küsnach near Zurich, Switzerland, following a long illness, according to her publicist.

Her representatives announced the news on Wednesday, sharing: “With her the world loses a music legend and role model.”

In an interview with The Guardian on April 9, Turner revealed that she didn’t fear death and even shared how she hoped the world would remember her.

When asked how she wanted to be remembered, she responded: “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.”

She was also asked what frightens her about getting older, to which the legendary singer shared: “Nothing. This is life’s full adventure and I embrace and accept every day with what it brings.”

When it was put to her whether she’d like more sex, money or fame, Turner joked: “at my age, is there another option?”

Tributes have poured in for Turner in the wake of her passing.

Beyonce called Turner “my beloved queen” on her website, adding: “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.”

Roger Davies, Tina Turner’s manager of 30 years, said: “Tina was a unique and remarkable force of nature with her strength, incredible energy and immense talent.

“From the first day I met her in 1980, she believed in herself completely when few others did at that time.

“It was a privilege and an honour to have been a close friend as well as her manager for more than 30 years. I will miss her deeply.”

Among those paying tribute were US President Joe Biden, former president Barack Obama and supermodel Naomi Campbell.

In a tribute posted to Instagram, Oprah Winfrey recalled how she had started out “as a fan” of Turner’s and had followed her “from show to show around the country” as a “full-on groupie” before the pair eventually became “real friends”.

“She was a role model not only for me but for the world. She encouraged a part of me I didn’t know existed” she wrote.,

Winfrey added that she was “grateful” for Turner’s courage and that her freedom from her domestic abuse had been “a clarion call for triumph”.

American singer Gloria Gaynor hailed Tina Turner as an “iconic legend who paved the way for so many women in rock music, black and white”, while eighties popstar Rick Astley added that she was “one of the greats”.

The Rolling Stones’ Sir Mick Jagger, who duetted with Tina Turner during Live Aid in 1985, also told of his sadness at the news of her passing.

Across her career, which began in the 1950s, the American-born singer won over hearts with classic songs including River Deep - Mountain High, Proud Mary and Nutbush City Limits.

She was a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and won a total of 12 Grammy Awards.

Turner also turned her hand to the silver screen, and inspired an award-winning musical based on her life before her death.

A private funeral ceremony will be held for Turner, attended by close friends and family.

She had suffered ill-health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.