Tina Turner, the legendary rock’n’roll star who shot to fame as a pop sensation in the 1980s, was recently honoured by the President of the United States, Joe Biden, after her passing on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023.
In a statement issued by the White House, President Biden conveyed his deepest condolences to Turner’s family and fans worldwide.
“Before becoming the Queen of Rock and Roll, Tina Turner was a Tennessee farmer’s daughter. As a child, she sang in the church choir before rising to become one of the most successful recording artists in history,” reads the statement.
The statement, which acknowledges the singer’s many accomplishments, including her 12 Grammy awards, praises her versatility, creativity and wide appeal, as she was the only female artist to win in the pop, rock and R&B categories.
The statement further noted that millions of fans attended her electrifying concerts, and her hits such as “Proud Mary”, “The Best” and “What’s Love Got to Do with It” continue to be cherished, sung and celebrated by generations of fans.
Additionally, the statement acknowledged Turner’s tremendous personal strength and resilience in overcoming adversity and abuse to establish a remarkable career and a personal legacy that was uniquely hers.
Finally, President Biden offered his profound condolences: “Jill and I send our love and prayers to her husband Erwin, the rest of the Turner family, and fans around the world who mourn the loss of the woman, many agree, was ‘simply the best.’”
Tina Turner, who had been living in Switzerland since 1994 with her husband Erwin Bach, a German actor and music producer, passed away peacefully at the age of 83 in her home. Her publicist confirmed the news.