In a heartfelt broadcast this Thursday, Oprah Winfrey and Cher, both monumental figures in their respective fields, unveiled the last words that music legend Tina Turner had confided to them.
A Graceful Exit: Tina's Struggle and Acceptance
According to their testimonies, Turner was acutely conscious of her deteriorating health.
Despite her relentless struggle against her long-standing illness, she was ultimately prepared for the end. "I was certainly aware that she was ill, but I had seen her in 2019 and gone to visit her in the hospital, and she had said to me then that she was actually ready to go, meaning, ready to leave the planet," Winfrey shared on Thursday’s episode of “CBS Mornings”.
Winfrey's reminiscence was marked by a poignant acceptance, "I expected then that was going to be the last time that I saw her”. Cher, the iconic “Believe” singer, reflected on Turner's resilience during an interview on MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber”.
“She fought this sickness for such a long time and she was so strong as you think she would be,” Cher said, adding, “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.’” Aware of Tina's condition, Cher strived to spend as much time with her as possible, wanting to assure Tina that despite her ongoing treatments, she was not forgotten.
Turner's Revelation on International Kidney Day
Turner, in a rare moment of public vulnerability, broached her health issues in a candid Instagram post on March 9 in commemoration of International Kidney Day. "My kidneys are victims of my not realizing that my high blood pressure should have been treated with conventional medicine,” she confessed to her followers.
Her words echoed with regret for past decisions, acknowledging that she had endangered herself by refusing to accept the reality of her situation. "I have put myself in great danger by refusing to face the reality that I need daily, lifelong therapy with medication.
For far too long I believed that my body was an untouchable and indestructible bastion”. As the world bids farewell to a music titan, we are reminded of Turner's fighting spirit and indomitable strength, not just on the grand stages where she dominated but also in her private battles. Her legacy, as her final words to Oprah and Cher show, will endure as a testament to grace, courage, and resilience.
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