Angela Basset paid tribute to the late singer Tina Turnerwho she played in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It.
The duo have been close friends since Bassett starred in the film, which earned the actress an Oscar nomination. In her tribute, Bassett shared Turner’s last words to her and praised the “Proud Mary” singer for her influence on the music industry.
Aside from Bassett, Turner, who died of an unnamed illness on Wednesday, was mourned by several other A-listers on social media.
Read on to find out more.
Angela Bassett reveals Tina Turner’s last words
After Turner’s death, Basset, who had a close relationship with the legendary singer, mourned the massive loss to the music industry.
In conversation with The Hollywood ReporterShe reflected on the late singer’s last words, which she portrayed in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It.
“Her last words to me — to me — were, ‘You never imitated me.’ Instead, you reached deep into your soul, found your inner Tina, and showed it to the world,” Basset said, indicating Turner was pleased with her performance.
Bassett said she will “cherish those words for the rest of her days,” adding that she was “honoured” to have known the singer.
The actress also expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to narrate Turner’s story alongside actor Lawrence Fishbourne, who played the singer’s husband, Ike.
Angela Bassett mourns the death of the singer
Most of What’s Love Got To Do With It focused primarily on Turner’s exponential rise in the music industry in the ’90s and the abuse she suffered at the hands of her jealous husband Ike.
The film, which was only possible because Turner chose to acknowledge her pain and trauma, touched many, a fact Turner acknowledged in her tribute to the singer.
“How do we say goodbye to a woman who embraced her pain and trauma to help change the world,” read part of Bassett’s tribute.
The actress also noted that Turner’s “determination to stay the course in her life, no matter the sacrifice, and her determination to carve out a place” for herself in the music industry will continue to serve as a role model for others.
She added, “Tina Turner has shown others living in fear what a beautiful future full of love, compassion and freedom should look like.”
Tina Turner died at the age of 83
It was announced through Turner’s official channel on Wednesday Instagram Report that she passed away at the age of 83.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Tina Turner,” the post reads, which includes a monochrome image of the singer.
It continued: “With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans worldwide and inspired the stars of tomorrow.” Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her family.”
Since her death, several celebrities have paid tribute to her on social media, including Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Martha Stewart, Don Lemon, Magic Johnson, Piers Morgan and Holly Robinson Peete.
Which led to the death of Tina Turner
Turner struggled with a protracted illness that eventually led to her death. However, it is still unknown which disease it was exactly. However, she admitted in March that kidney disease had put her health “in grave jeopardy”.
“My kidneys are a victim of not realizing that my high blood pressure should have been treated with conventional medicine,” she said in a post Instagram.
Turner was diagnosed with high blood pressure in 1978, but neglected the health issue, which led to a stroke in 2009. She still refused to take conventional medication, but realized too late that the consequences of her decision were irreversible.
The “Proud Mary” singer is survived by her second husband, Erwin Bach, 67, and two of their four children.