Neighbors of the “Queen of Rock and Roll,” Tina Turner, called her a “local hero” in the wake of her death at the age of 83, on Wednesday (May 25).
Locals from the small community of Kusnacht on the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Zurich left flowers at her palace doors after hearing the news of her death, with many revealing that she would always stop by to say hello.
They revealed that the “The Best” star has been part of the community, paying for Christmas lights in the area and a rescue ship at the local lake.
It is also said that she took the time to learn German – the most common language in the nation – and attended yoga classes with the natives.
Praises for Grammy Award Winner, Domestic Heating President Leo Sheritol The Mirror: “She was really happy here and always said hello if you saw her on the street. She had a quiet life. When I met her out and about, she was down to earth. She didn’t act like a big star.”
Meanwhile, Sato Heinanen, a fan from Finland who lives nearby, said: “I last saw her concert here in February 2009, on her farewell tour, and it was still fantastic. She ramps high above the crowd in high heels.”
Former stylist Alexandra Cruz, who did a TV commercial with Tina in 2015, also visited the gates of the star’s estate to pay her respects.
She praised the impact Tina had made as a musician and as a human being.
“I wanted to say thank you and goodbye to her because she was simply the best,” she explained.
“Her honesty about domestic violence has inspired so many women to escape from it. And there will always be her music – that goes on forever. I only got to spend a few days with her. She was professional but also very friendly.
“She knew everyone’s names in the group and had such grace and wisdom. There was a spiritual side to her, too; she was a Buddhist and loved her garden by the lake.”
Tina and her beloved husband, Erwin Bach, had been living in a $76 million (about £61.4 million) mansion for two years before her death.
The 260,00 square foot property consists of 10 buildings and the couple initially purchased it as a weekend getaway.
The stunning property is completed with its own private pond, stream, splash pool and boat deck in the exclusive neighborhood.
The house was protected by a large gate and featured an exterior plaque that read: “Don’t even think of harassing Tina Turner before noon.”
The house extends over five acres of land. Tina and Erwin also owned another property in Kusnacht.
A month before the couple bought Priceboard, Tina sold her music catalog to German music company BMG for $50 million, which is about £40.4 million.
The couple had been renting another property prior to the purchase while they waited for citizenship.
Tina and Erwin had to wait to purchase the property until they were granted official Swiss citizenship due to a Swiss law that says non-residents are unable to buy property in the country, according to the Daily Mail.
Swiss news reports indicated that at one point, tennis star Roger Federer considered buying the property but chose to buy another home in the same community.