The world is still in shock by the news of the death of Tina Turner. Many of Turner’s fans found out about her death via social media, however longtime friend Oprah Winfrey opens up about how she found out the news.
In a piece posted on her website, OprahDaily.com, the media mogul says she found out when she was out to dinner with her friend Gayle King.
“Gayle’s phone was blowing up with messages and condolences for Tina Turner,” she recalled. “I heard her say, ‘Oh no, Tina Turner is dead…. The words stunned me into immediate tears.”
Winfrey also spoke about how she had high hopes about Turner’s health after visiting her in the hospital in Switzerland in 2019. “She told me she was to leave this earth. She said she had a full life and was tired,” Oprah wrote.
Oprah went on to say, “I left the hospital thinking that would be my last time seeing her. I was on alert for a full year afterward, waiting to get ‘the call’ from her devoted husband Erwin.”
She then added that she found out that the “What’s Love Got To Do With It” singer’s health was improving instead of declining. “There were setbacks and stabilization. I even received an invite to celebrate her 80th birthday and then her 82nd.”
Tina Turner passed away at the age of 83 in her home in Switzerland. She will be missed and her legacy will live on forever.