Cher Reveals She Visited 'Really Sick' Tina Turner Shortly Before Her Death
Cher revealed her final moments with Tina Turner.
The 77-year-old went on MSNBC on May 25 to speak about her friendship with the fellow icon, detailing the last moments she spent with her "best friend."
"She fought this sickness for such a long time and she was so strong, as you would think she would be, but towards the end, she told me 'I'm really ready. I just don't want to put up with this anymore,'" recalled Cher.
She added, "I started going to visit her because I thought, 'You know, I need to put this time into our friendship so she knows we haven't forgotten her.' So we'd all take turns going [to Switzerland] and spending time with her and it made her happy and someone said, 'When you two laugh together, it's the funniest thing you'd possibly ever want to hear' because we both have such distinct laughs."
Cher mentioned that, at home, Turner would rest on a chaise, looking out at the lake. Though Turner told Cher that she couldn't "spend too much time," the pair ended up "laughing like crazy."
"She'd want to get up and show everything that she'd bought in her house and boy, she was…there were no surfaces in that house. But she was having a good time, in spite of the fact that she was really sick and not wanting people to know about it but she had her dialysis machine in her house and that's how she was doing it," Cher recalled.
Turner died on May 24 at her home in Switzerland after being ill. Turner had been public about several health issues throughout the years, including intestinal cancer, a stroke, high blood pressure and kidney failure,
Her manager Peter Lindbergh confirmed the news of her passing, sharing a statement on the singer's social media accounts.
The statement read, "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly."
Her cause of death was ruled to be of natural causes.