Cher is missing her friend Tina Turner when she is happy as well as sick.
The legendary singer called into “The Beat with Ari Melber” and shared memories of Turner, who died Wednesday at age 83 after a “prolonged illness,” his family said.
“She fought this disease for so long and she was stronger than you would think she would be,” Cher said. “But I know in the end, he told me once, he said, ‘I’m really ready. I just don’t want to put up with this,'” Cher said.
Not recognizing Turner’s illness, Cher talks about Turner having a dialysis machine in his home when she visits him. Dialysis is a treatment used for people who are in the end stages of kidney disease.
According to Cher, Turner was happy with her friends’ visits.
Cher recalled, “I started visiting her because I thought, ‘I need to invest this time in our friendship, so she knows we haven’t forgotten her. ‘” “So, we all took turns spending time with her, and that made her happy.”
The pair laughed so much, Cher said, that someone remarked, “When you two laugh together it’s the funniest thing you’ll ever want to hear because we both laugh so differently.”
Cher said she knew Turner because the latter was married to Ike Turner.
The last time she visited Turner at his Swiss home, Cher said she brought a special gift.
“The last time I saw him he gave me a pair of shoes,” Cher sad. “What kind of shoes? Tina Turner shoes!”