Tina Turner Revealed How She Wanted To Be Remembered In Powerful Interview Weeks Before Dying At 83
In her final interview just six weeks before her death, Tina Turner talked about how she wanted to be remembered.
The world is in shock over the death of the music legend Tina Turner, who died on Wednesday at the age of 83. In the wake of this tragic news, Turner’s final interview that she gave six weeks before her passing has resurfaced, and she revealed in it just how she wanted to be remembered.
BREAKING: Singer and entertainer Tina Turner has passed away at the age of 83 at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland.
Turner was the first black artist and first woman to be on the cover of Rolling Stone which ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100… pic.twitter.com/W80UKPDLED
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) May 24, 2023
Turner Passes Away
Daily Mail reported that Turner died at her home in Küsnach near Zurich, Switzerland after a long illness the nature of which has not been specified.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner,” her representatives said in a statement posted to her official Facebook page. “With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow.”
“Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music,” the statement added. “All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and boundless passion for life, she enchanted fans worldwide and inspired future stars. We say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us her greatest work; her music. Tina, we will miss you dearly. pic.twitter.com/8SihpxMe14
— TinaTurner (@tinaturner) May 24, 2023
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Turner’s Final Interview
On April 9, Turner gave what turned out to be her final interview to The Guardian. When asked how she wanted to be remembered, Turner 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.”
After being asked what she’s afraid of when it comes to getting older, Turner responded, “Nothing. This is life’s full adventure and I embrace and accept every day with what it brings.”
When asked what her greatest fear is, Turner said, “I never want to go back; I fought so much through my life, that I have to keep going forward.”
As for whether she’d prefer sex or money, Turner cheekily replied, “At my age, is there another option?”
Finally, when asked to choose fame or anonymity, Turner said, “I wanted fame and I achieved it. Now, I enjoy anonymity in my retirement.”
So deeply sad to hear about Tina Turner's passing… I loved her version of Proud Mary! It was different and fantastic. I was also so happy because she chose my song and it was her breakthrough record. pic.twitter.com/pH1Qt8u25Y
— John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) May 24, 2023
Earlier in this same interview, Turner admitted that she “always had a crush on Mick Jagger,” and The Rolling Stones frontman was one of the first famous names to pay tribute to her after news of her death was announced.
“I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer,” he said. “She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her.”
I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner.
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
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) May 24, 2023
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Born Anna-Mae Bullock in 1939 in Tennessee, Turner overcame obstacles that included a difficult childhood and an abusive marriage to achieve international fame. She initially achieved success in her early 20s with the live act the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, which she was in with her husband at the time.
Unfortunately, Ike Turner brutally abused her for years until she finally found the courage to divorce him in 1978. From there, Turner only became more successful performing on her own around the world in the decades to come.
“I wanted to stop people from thinking that Ike & Tina was so positive, that we were such a great team,” she previously said.
Turner remarried her second husband Erwin Bach in 2013, and they’ve spent the past few years living a quiet life in Switzerland.
My deepest condolences to Mr Erwin Bach who simply gave a second happy life to Tina Turner.#TinaTurner #ErwinBach pic.twitter.com/qzljPAzNiP
— MarieFranceRemillard (@MFRemillard) May 24, 2023
Tina Turner was a true legend, and there will never be another one like her. Please join us in saying a prayer for her family and friends during this difficult time.
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