Tina Turner knew her time was running out, according to Oprah Winfrey, who opened up about her last meeting with the legendary singer.
Talking about the passing of the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the famous talk show host along with Gayle King shared their reactions when they heard the news of Turner’s death.
During an interview on CBS Mornings, King said, “When it comes to Tina Turner, we keep hearing that song, ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It.”
“I don’t know anybody who didn’t love her. We’ve all known Tina wasn’t doing well, but still when you get the news, it was a shock,” she added.
In response to King, Winfrey stated, “It was a blow, it was a blow. I was certainly aware that she was ill but I had seen her in 2019 and gone to visit her in the hospital and she had said to me then that she was actually ready to go, meaning, ready to leave the planet.”
Recalling her encounter with Turner, Winfrey said, “I expected then that was going to be the last time that I saw her.”
Despite suffering from various health issues, including kidney failure, intestinal cancer, and strokes, Turner’s husband Erwin Bach was always there for her during her toughest days.
Speaking fondly about the late musician’s partner, Winfrey remarked, “I just have to say that her husband, Erwin Bach, is the most extraordinary person I’ve ever known.”
“I mean, he literally willed her to live, and she’s been through one health crisis after another,” Winfrey said, as King added, “She just kept coming back.”
A spokesperson for Tina Turner officially confirmed her passing in a statement, revealing that the legendary singer died peacefully at the age of 83 at her home in Kusnacht, near Zurich, Switzerland. The statement further added, “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model.”