Fans have flocked to Tina Turner’s lavish $76 million mansion in Switzerland to pay their respects to the rock ‘n’ roll legend who died Wednesday at the age of 83.
Mourners were seen leaving flowers and lighting candles at the gates of the Grammy winner’s estate, located on Lake Zurich in the tranquil town of Küsnacht.
Turner first moved into the home, known as Villa Algonquin, with her longtime love, Erwin Bach, in 1998.
Due to strict Swiss laws prohibiting foreign homeownership, Turner and Bach rented the property until the singer became a citizen of the country in 2013.
Despite her superstar status, Turner blended in with locals around the town, which has a population of around 12,000.
“When she was passing by, she was smiling, she could feel that we were looking at her, but was always very discreet,” one resident told Reuters.
Another Küsnacht resident also left flowers outside Turner’s home and told Reuters: “She was a good neighbor, and when she showed up in town, she was very well-liked.”
Tennessee-born Turner first began dating Bach, a German music executive, in 1986. The “Simply The Best” superstar subsequently started spending more time in Europe, before she eventually moved to Switzerland with Bach in 1995.
Turner renounced her US citizenship to became a Swiss citizen in 2013 — the same year that she and Bach tied the knot.
The couple then purchased Villa Algonquin — the sprawling 59,427 square foot home that they has rented for the previous 15 years.
The fairytale-style four-story home was a haven for Turner, who relished both the serenity and the privacy that life in Switzerland afforded her.
The New York Times journalist Amanda Hess visited Turner at the home in 2019, and described it as having “cartoon palace energy” with” ivy snaking up the walls, gardeners manicuring the shrubs, a life-size two-legged horse sculpture suspended from a domed ceiling, a framed rendering of Turner as an Egyptian queen, [and] a room stuffed with gilded Louis XIV style sofas.”
A sign on the gates outside the residence reads “Vor 12.00 Uhr nicht läuten, keine Lieferungen,” which translates to “Do not ring before 12pm, no deliveries.”
However, according to Reuters, one mourner left a message alongside a red rose which read: “I think it’s okay to show up early today. Thanks and goodbye Tina. You were simply the best.”