Tina Turner: A Loss Felt Across the Music Industry
On May 25th, the music world lost iconic singer Tina Turner at the age of 83 following a lengthy illness. Her passing was felt deeply not only by her fans, but also by her colleagues who had developed relationships with her over the years. One such colleague was Cher, who recently revealed that she had visited Turner at her Swiss residence some time ago.
Cher Visits Tina Turner During Her Illness
Speaking to MSNBC, Cher shared that she wanted to spend time with Turner during a difficult period of her health. “I went to visit her because I thought she needed to spend time on our friendship, so she would know that the world hadn’t forgotten her,” Cher said. “Then various friends began to take turns spending time with her, and that made her very happy.”
The visit turned out to be a joyful and unexpected one. “Suddenly five hours had passed and we were cracking up with laughter,” Cher shared. “She was having a really good time despite the fact that she was really sick, and she didn’t want people to know about it.”
The Health Struggles of an Icon
Turner had been battling various health issues in recent years, beginning with a stroke in 2013, just weeks after her marriage to Erwin Bach. After the stroke, she had to learn to walk again. In 2016, she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer, and a year later she underwent a kidney transplant due to the medication she was taking for her blood pressure.
Turner’s representative announced her passing after “a long illness.” She had spent her last days at the castle she purchased overlooking Lake Zurich in Switzerland, for which she paid 70 million Swiss francs (approximately US$76 million).
A Home in Switzerland
Turner had been living in Switzerland with Bach since 1994 and became a Swiss citizen. The castle they purchased in 2020 is comprised of 10 buildings, a pond, a swimming pool, a pier on Lake Zurich, and a stream running through it. “Here I feel at home. If I am at Lake Zurich, in the house I have, I feel serene. I really have everything here,” Turner once told The New York Times on her 80th birthday. The property spans over 24,000 square meters and is located near tennis star Roger Federer’s property.
For Bach, the acquisition was a logical step. “We feel very comfortable in Switzerland,” he said. “Due to the pandemic and its consequences, we, like many other people, are unfortunately refraining from traveling.”
A Move to Europe
Turner had moved to Europe years ago due to her success in the region and her desire to be closer to Bach. “I left the US because my success was in another country and my boyfriend was in another country,” she had told Larry King in an interview. “Basically, Europe has been very supportive of my music.”
Tina Turner will be remembered as an icon in the music industry, whose legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.