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World mourns 'simply the best' Tina Turner

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LOS ANGELES: Tributes poured in on Thursday for Tina Turner, the trailblazing rocker whose powerful voice, electrifying stage presence, and personal story of triumph mesmerised global audiences for decades.


Turner, an instantly recognisable performer whose popularity spanned generations, died on Wednesday at the age of 83 at her home in a plush Swiss suburb.


Presidents, fellow singers and fans paid tribute to an explosive performer, whose popularity spanned generations and whose story of overcoming domestic violence touched many around the world.


Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger -- who, legend has it, learned his dance moves from the diva, said the world had lost "an enormously talented performer and singer."


"She was inspiring, warm, funny and generous. She helped me so much when I was young and I will never forget her."


Bandmate Ronnie Wood called Turner "the Queen Of Rock And Soul and a dear friend."


Fans lined up to pay tribute at the wrought iron gates of her huge compound in Kusnacht, on Switzerland's Lake Zurich, many bearing candles and flowers.


"Someone like this should live forever," said Barbara Burkhalter, who came to pay her respects on Thursday.


Chateau Algonquin had been the home Turner shared with her German husband Erwin Bach for almost three decades, including when she took Swiss citizenship in 2013, relinquishing her US passport.


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