The music icon became a Swiss citizen in 2013 and lived by Lake Zurich in an impressive estate
Tina Turner died Wednesday at a home that had long been a haven for the legendary singer.
The queen of rock, who died at 83 on May 24 after a long illness, her publicist Bernard Doherty confirmed in a statement, had left the spotlight – and the United States – for a life in her quiet estate of the town of Kusnacht. , Switzerland, at Lake Zurich.
Turner moved into the house, known as Villa Algonquin, in 1998 with her partner, German actor and music producer Erwin Bach, 67. She rented the estate for many years due to Swiss restrictions on foreigners buying property in the country. After Turner became a Swiss citizen in 2013, she bought it for $76 million, according to The Associated Press.
The estate is where she married Bach in 2013 and where she died, her publicist previously confirmed to PEOPLE.
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Passing through in 2019, the New York Times’ Amanda Hess wrote, “It has the energy of a cartoon palace: ivy snaking down the walls, gardeners manicuring the shrubbery, a life-size two-legged horse sculpture hanging from a domed ceiling, a framed rendering of Turner as an Egyptian queen, a room crammed with Louis XIV-style gilded sofas and, slumped on one, Tina Turner herself.”
Hass also noted a sign on the estate’s high iron gates that read: “Vor 12.00 Uhr nicht läuten, keine Lieferungen”, which translates to: “Do not ring the bell before noon, no deliveries”.
Local journal Handelszeitung described Villa Algonquin in a 2020 news story, noting that the property sits directly on Lake Zurich and covers an impressive 59,427 square feet. In addition to the four-storey main building, there is a two-storey boathouse and a large garden.
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Ownership of the villa changed hands in June 2020, according to the Küsnacht land registry office, which confirmed its sale to Ines Kaindi-Benes, head of a family wood processing business in Lucerne, Handelszeitung reports. Sources told the outlet that the purchase price was in the “mid-double-digit million range.”
Under the terms of the sale, Turner and Bach were allowed to remain in place as tenants, according to the outlet. Another former owner of the villa, photographer Kaspar Fleischmann, is said to still live in the boathouse.
Since the announcement of his death, fans have flocked to the gates of the property, flanked by two large light columns and bearing the inscription “Algonquin” in gold letters. Those who made the pilgrimage left flowers, notes and candles in tribute to the icon.
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“I’m shocked,” Miran Znider told local AFP. The 48-year-old Slovenian fan and neighbor addressed the outlet on Wednesday night while fighting back tears. “I didn’t expect it to happen so soon.”
When asked why he came, he replied, “Because she is the queen, the queen of all women. I love Tina.”
“It’s a very sad day,” Ozgur Arzik, 48, told AFP. “I grew up with Tina Turner’s sons and live very close to here. I’ve always listened to her songs and I’m really sad that we lost her,” he continued. “I just wanted to be here.”
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