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Inside Tina Turner's home near Zurich, Switzerland, where she lived with husband Erwin Bach


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TeaAlthough Tina Turner was born in Brownsville, Tennessee, she spent the last years of her life living in Switzerland, a country she loved.

The “Proud Mary” singer and one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll singers of all time died “peacefully” on Wednesday (May 24) at his home in Kuesnacht, near Zurich, after a long illness caused by bowel cancer. Afterward, his publicist said in a statement.

Turner lived with her German music executive husband and longtime partner Erwin Bach at the Chateau Algonquin, a luxurious estate overlooking Lake Zurich that the couple were reportedly renting in Switzerland.

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In 2019, new York Times Journalist Amanda Hayes went inside the stately home and described it as a “cartoon palace”.

Hayes noted that there was: “ivy smelling the walls, gardeners tending bushes, a life-size bipedal horse sculpture suspended from a vaulted ceiling, a framed rendering of Turner as an Egyptian queen, a The room has gilded Louis XIV-style sofas and, on one of them, Tina Turner herself is stretched out”.

The journalist wrote that there is a metal plate on the gate of her house that reads: “Don’t even think of disturbing Tina Turner before noon.”

Bach, who married Turner in 2013, told a Swiss newspaper in 2022 that he and Turner had decided to buy more property in the European country after acquiring Swiss citizenship.

Less than two years ago the pair bought a $76 million (£61 million) waterfront estate in Switzerland as a weekend retreat, keeping the palace as their main residence.

A mourner lays flowers outside the estate of late singer Tina Turner in Kusnacht

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The 260,000-square-foot property, consisting of 10 buildings, features water features including a private pond, stream, swimming pool, and boat deck.

Turner moved to Switzerland in 1995 with Bach. In 2013, three months after marrying Bach and receiving her Swiss passport, Turner renounced her US citizenship.

On several occasions, Turner stated that she found that Europe was too “supportive” of her music, leading her to decide to relocate. In a 1997 interview with CNN’s Larry King, Turner said that European audiences were “vastly” more receptive to his music than American audiences.

Tina Turner with her Erwin Bach in 2015


“I left America because my success was in another country and my boyfriend was in another country,” she explained.

Turner compared their success in Europe, particularly England, to being “as big as the Rolling Stones”, but in America, she thought her music was not received on the same scale.

What’s Love Got To Do With It The singer told the Swiss newspaper blick A decade ago that she was “very happy in Switzerland” and that she “felt at home here … I can’t imagine a better place to live”.

Turner and Bach lived alone, with the rest of Turner’s family – his two surviving sons, Ike Jr. and Michael – still living in America.

A month before her death, Turner also gave a final interview in which she reflected on her greatest fear, as well as how she wished to be remembered.