Tina Turner supported by pal Oprah in last public photos of icon before her death

The late Tina Turner was seen being supported by her pal Oprah Winfrey in the last public photographs of the legendary musical icon before her death.

In snaps taken in 2019, the What's Love Got to do With It singer could be seen dressed in a glitzy outfit as she attended the Tina – The Tina Turner Musical's opening night in New York City.

There, she was supported by US chat show host, Oprah, and her husband, Erwin Bach.

In pictures taken outside the venue, Oprah, 69, could be seen linking a supportive arm through Tina's as they navigated the streets of New York.

Tina Turner's life in pictures from 60 year career to finding love again

On 24 May it was announced that Tina had died, aged 83, following a "long illness", with tributes pouring in from around the world.

Her representative released a statement which said: "Tina Turner, the 'Queen of Rock'n Roll' has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland.

"With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model."

In a career spanning over 60 years, the American-Swiss singer, who was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, won eight competitive Grammy Awards and has a star on both the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St Louis Walk of Fame.

Following the news of her death, Oprah released her own heartfelt statement on Instagram, as she shared a number of snaps and videos of the pair.

She wrote: "I started out as a fan of Tina Turner, then a full-on groupie, following her from show to show around the country, and then, eventually, we became real friends. She is our forever goddess of rock ‘n’ roll who contained a magnitude of inner strength that grew throughout her life. She was a role model not only for me but for the world. She encouraged a part of me I didn’t know existed.

"Once she claimed her freedom from years of domestic abuse, her life became a clarion call for triumph. I’m grateful for her courage, for showing us what victory looks like wearing Manolo’s and a leather miniskirt. She once shared with me that when her time came to leave this earth, she would not be afraid, but excited and curious. Because she had learned how to LIVE surrounded by her beloved husband, Erwin, and friends. I am a better woman, a better human, because her life touched mine. She was indeed simply the best."

Tina was a mother to four children: Ike Turner Jr., Michael Turner, Ronnie Turner and Craig Turner.

Her passing came less than six months after her youngest son, Ronnie, tragically died of complications from colon cancer at age 62.


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