Beyoncé has shared a message for her “beloved queen” Tina Turner, who died at the age of 83 on Wednesday (May 24).
“My dear queen. I love you very much. “I am so grateful for your inspiration, and the path you have paved. You are strength and resilience. You are the epitome of strength and passion. We are all so lucky to have seen your kindness and beautiful soul that has always been Thank you for all you’ve done.”
In addition to serving as an inspiration for Beyoncé, Turner collaborated with the singer at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008. The pair teamed up for a high-energy, strident version of “Proud Mary,” Ike and Tina Turner’s 1971 cover. Creedence Clearwater Revival Classic. The divas traded lyrics and coordinated outfits, with Bey in a silver sequin mini-dress and Turner in a sleeveless silver lame bodysuit.
Three years earlier, Beyoncé had performed a solo performance of the same song at the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors in honor of Turner. Bey’s tireless performance got a double thumbs-up from Turner while watching in the audience.
A statement announcing Turner’s death was posted on his Instagram account on Wednesday. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner,” the statement said. “With her music and her boundless passion for life, she charmed millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend, who has left us her greatest work: Her music. All our heartfelt condolences go out to her family. Tina, we will miss you so much.”
Watch Beyoncé’s tribute below: