Iconic video shows Tina Turner and Cher performing on the 'Cher Show' in 1975.
An iconic video shows Tina Turner and Cher performing on broadcast live of the "Cher Show" in 1975. They can be seen dressed up in glamorous dresses, dancing and duetting to a rendition of the song "Shame, Shame Shame." A Twitter user James (@DrJamesJBailey), posted a video clip with the caption, "Please stop what you're doing and watch Tina Turner and Cher duetting in the campest way imaginable." The shimmer sure enough shows the pop stars in the brightest galore. The 77-year-old "Goddess of Pop" Cher recently bid farewell to her best friend as the world of pop mourned the demise of Tina Turner. Known as the "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll" Turner passed away on May 24 at 83. The exact cause of Turner's death has yet to be disclosed.
Cher opened up about her relationship with Tina Turner while speaking with MSNBC's "The Beat With Ari Melber" about visiting her late friend during her illness. "I started going to visit her because I thought, 'I need to put this time into our friendship, so she knows we haven't forgotten her,'" Cher said. "So we all took turns going and spending time with her and it made her happy." Cher noted that Tina "had her dialysis machine in her house."
Dialysis is used to treat patients with kidney failure or end-stage renal disease. Turner received a kidney transplant in 2017 from her husband, Erwin Bach. "She fought this sickness for such a long time and she was so strong as you think she would be, but I know towards the end, she told me once, she said, 'I'm really ready. I just don't want to put up with this anymore,'" Cher recalled. Despite her illness, Cher said Turner was "really happy."
Please stop what you’re doing and watch Tina Turner and Cher duetting in the campest way imaginable 💜 pic.twitter.com/lt6pNPZrVd— James (@DrJamesJBailey) May 24, 2023
Cher recalled the first time she visited her friend in Switzerland. "She said, 'I can't spend too much time,' and then five hours later, we were laughing like crazy and she wanted to get up and show everything she bought in the house," she said. "... She was having a good time in spite of the fact that she was really sick and not wanting people to know about it." Cher didn't leave empty-handed the last time she made the trip. "She gave me a pair of shoes the last time I saw her. What kind of shoes? Tina Turner shoes!" Cher quipped. "The big high heels that she just [walked] around in like they were nothing."
Cher and Tina met during Tina's abusive marriage to Ike Turner from 1962 to 1978. "When I first knew her, she was still with Ike," Cher said. "It was very strange to see her with Ike. I was so thrilled because afterward, she was so free. You could just see her being able to take a big breath. Her new life was like a big, fresh breath." They "really got close once she left Ike, then we started spending time together." "She was such a force.
"Honestly, I think she just hit everything head-on... She wasn't about to stop. She might not have won every battle, but she fought every war. She was there fighting for all the things she believed in," Cher said. "... She's one of the great artists in our generation, in rock and roll. There was no other person like her. There's no other person who could come close to who she was." The two women were "perfect friends for each other." Cher said about Tina Turner, "she gave me lots of strength sometimes, and I gave her lots of strength too."
Turner's rep confirmed her death, saying she died peacefully in her home in Küsnacht, near Zurich, Switzerland, after a long illness. Turner's verified Instagram account confirmed the tragic news as well. "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," the statement read. "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."