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Cher and Tina Turner were close friends for many years. Following the death of Turner this week, Cher opened up about visiting Turner toward the end of her life.

Cher called into the MSNBC show The Beat with Ari Melber to pay tribute to her late friend. According to ET, she said, “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.’ So we all took turns going and spending time with her and it made her happy.”

While Cher didn’t detail who the “we” was that took turns visiting Turner, she mentioned Turnder had a dialysis machine in her Switzerland home and that she fought hard against her illness. (Turner had unmanaged high blood pressure for years that eventually led to kidney damage. She underwent kidney transplant surgery in 2017 after husband, Erwin Bach, donated a kidney to her.) Cher also mentioned that at one point, Turner told her she was “ready” to die but still maintained her happiness in spite of being sick.

During her final visit, Turner gave Cher a pair of her shoes which she referred to as, “The big high heels that she just [walked] around in like they were nothing.”

Turner’s death at age 83 has been attributed to natural causes, according to U.K’s Daily Mail.

Tina Turner: 10 Iconic Performances from the Queen of Rock & Roll

  • 'The Tonight Show' - December 31, 1982

    Tina Turner delivered a powerhouse performance on The Tonight Show during a special New Year’s Eve show in 1982. It was about a year-and-a-half before the release of Private Dancer, which rocketed her to superstardom.

  • 'The Ed Sullivan Show' - January 11, 1970

    That fringe dress…the choreography…and that voice! Not stitch of a backing track in sight. What a queen!

  • 'VH1 Divas Live' - April 13, 1999

    This was the second Divas Live special from VH1, and it featured some outstanding performances and collaborations, like this one between Tina and Elton John singing “The Bitch Is Back.” Sure, there was drama during rehearsal between Tina and Sir Elton, but true divas are able to pull themselves together and put on an epic show.

  • Live Aid - July 13, 1985

    Hopefully, we’re a long way off from this happening, but when Mick Jagger eventually goes to rock and roll heaven, here’s hoping the first thing he says is, “Alright, where’s Tina?!” The way the capacity crowd inside Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium erupts will always be chill-inducing.

  • 'Late Show with David Letterman' - April 30, 1993

    After delivering a powerful performance of “I Don’t Wanna Fight,” Turner joins Letterman for a chat that involves her doing her best Mick Jagger impression. Unsurprisingly, it’s spot on.

  • 'The Midnight Special' - November 9, 1973

    Tina’s vocals alone make this performance awesome. Once you add in the choreography, it just takes everything to another level.

  • 'The Cher Show' - April 27, 1975

    Two queens just having an absolute blast together in complementing Bob Mackie dresses. What more can you ask for?!

  • 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' - January 29, 2004

    When Oprah turned 50, she had the ultimate birthday party on her talk show, complete with special surprise guest Tina Turner. Oprah’s reaction is priceless, and the fact that Turner strutted down those steps in heels sans a hand-railing is a subtle move that is totally badass.

  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - January 18, 1989

    By now, we’re all so used to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony being a very polished, organized affair. However, in its early years, things were far more loose, especially when it came to the all-star jam that closes the ceremony. Seemingly, band leader Paul Schaefer calls out “River Deep – Mountain High” as an impromptu jam. Turner, obviously, handles the vocals, but her backing band is insane. Spotted in the video below are Bruce Springsteen, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon to name a few of the artists on the packed stage.

  • Grammy Awards - February 10, 2008

    Beyoncé is one, if not the, biggest stars of her generation, but even stars look up to someone. For Beyoncé, it was Tina Turner. When Turner received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2005, Bey brought the house down with a rousing rendition of “Proud Mary.” About three years later, the two of them performed “Proud Mary” together at the Grammy Awards. It remains one of the best Grammy performances of all time.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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