A woman and a girl lay flowers at the gate of the villa where singer Tinu Turner lived in recent years, May 25, 2023, Küsnacht, Switzerland. Turner had died the day before at the age of 83.
Bern/London – The popular singer Tina Turner, who died on Wednesday at the age of 83, is also remembered today by the residents of the Swiss town of Küsnacht, where she spent the last years of her life. They remember Turner not only as an excellent artist, but also as a discreet neighbor. The singer moved to Switzerland in the second half of the 1990s, according to the AP agency, she valued respect for privacy in the alpine country. The well-known singer is also remembered by people in Britain and the USA.
Today, people left messages and flowers and lit candles outside the gate of the villa where the singer lived with her husband, German music producer Erwin Bach. “She was a part of my life for more than 35 years and she was a good neighbor, she showed up in town and was very popular,” one local resident, who stopped in front of the villa's gate, told Reuters.
According to locals, the singer was a smiling and discreet neighbor. According to Markus Ernst, the mayor of the city on Lake Zurich, Turner also took part in social life in Küsnacht, such as lighting the Christmas tree. “One of the reasons she moved to Switzerland was to have a completely normal life,” the mayor told the AP. According to him, in Switzerland, Turner could walk down the street or into a restaurant without someone constantly wanting to take a photo with her or asking for her autograph.
Fans remember the well-known singer in other parts of the world as well. They bring flowers and messages to the Aldwych Theater in London, where a musical dedicated to her life is being played, or to her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2013, the American Turner also obtained Swiss citizenship. “When we moved to Switzerland, we immediately felt at home,” she said years ago. “People here respect the privacy of others, they take care of each other,” she added.
Because of the privacy and also the relatively favorable tax system, many artists have chosen Switzerland as their new home, for example the actor Charlie Chaplin, the singer Freddy Mercury and the director Jean-Luc Godard.