Since last morning, numerous fans of Tina Turnerwho died this Wednesday at the age of 83, have come to Chateau Algonquin, the singer’s mansion in Küsnacht, on the shores of Lake Zurich, to leave flowers, light candles and pay all kinds of tributes to the queen of rock.
In the vicinity of the house sounds from the cars of these fans hits such as “The Best” or “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, and among the messages that recall the legacy of the popular artist, some stand out in which the singer is remembered as “simply the best”, paraphrasing her most popular verses
Turner, who in 2013 renounced her US citizenship and adopted that of Switzerland, the country where she spent the last 30 years of her life, died on that same property, where the German-born producer Erwin Bach lived with her husband.
The spokespersons for the singer’s family indicated that the funeral will be held in the coming days in private, with the attendance only of her closest relatives and friends, who have asked that their privacy be respected at this time.
Fourteen years away from the stage
Turner had retired from the world of music in 2009, at the age of 70, after a prolific career of more than half a century in which he sold 200 million records, recorded 22 albums (12 studio, three live and seven compilations). and won eight Grammy Awards.
In the 1960s and 1970s she developed a career with her first husband Ike Turner, from whom she would separate in 1976 after suffering years of mistreatment, and in the 1980s and 1990s she starred, halfway through her life, in one of the most spectacular returns to the stage in the world of music.
The decade of the 90s was the one of his absolute consecration, with tours around the world, his participation in the James Bond saga composing the main song of “Goldeneye” or appearing in the film “The Last Great Hero” in 1993. .
Before, Turner had reached the big screen in films like “Gimme Shelter” (1970) or “Mad Max III” (1985), the latter perhaps his most remembered role.
Switzerland, refuge of the queen
Turner had lived since the mid-90s with Bach in Switzerland, a country in which she herself said she had “found peace of mind” and in which, especially since her retirement, she lived a discreet life away from the spotlight.
The singer, born in 1939 in Brownsville (Tennessee, USA), learned German as a requirement to obtain Swiss nationality, a language she used, for example, when she did her shopping in Zurich, in order to go more unnoticed.
Switzerland also fired its most famous adoptive citizen today through the mouth of the Swiss president, Alain Berset, who on his Twitter account stressed that “the world has lost an icon” and described the singer as “an impressive woman who found in Switzerland a second homeland”.
In another statement, the Küsnacht city council added today that Turner “inspired people all over the world with his unique voice, while impacting many locals with his affection and modesty.”
The town on the outskirts of Zurich recalled that Turner once donated garlands for the place’s Christmas decorations, and that he sponsored a local rescue ship named “Tina” in her name.
Model Swiss citizen
Turner was a frequent voter in Switzerland’s frequent referendums, and in 2021 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bern “for his incomparable musical work and artistic life”.
His last years were difficult, marked both by health problems (he suffered a cardiovascular accident 10 years ago and shortly after was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent a kidney transplant) and by the losses in his family.
In 2018, his firstborn, Craig, who committed suicide at the age of 59, died, and in 2022, Ronnie, the youngest of his four offspring, died of cancer at the age of 62.