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Oprah Winfrey shoots down Tina Turner stroke rumors

WENN, Monday, February 17, 2014, 11:06am (PST)
  • Oprah Winfrey has put a stop to rumors suggesting retired rock legend Tina Turner has suffered a stroke, insisting her close pal is alive and well after battling a bout of influenza.

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    The TV mogul-turned-actress took it upon herself to dismiss the claims of bad health after a Twitter post caught her eye on Saturday.

    The message, sent from the account @CarpeDiemJBS, read: "Has anyone else hear (sic)/read that Legendary Tina Turner recently suffered a stroke?", and prompted Winfrey to respond, "@CarpeDiemJBS Tina had a bad flu weeks ago. She's recovered. And LIVING life!"

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    Despite the illness, Turner didn't forget that her friend was celebrating her 60th birthday last month.

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    Winfrey adds, "Sent me a single long-stem red rose."

    Turner, who wed longtime boyfriend Erwin Bach last year, has been keeping a low profile in her adopted Switzerland since retiring in 2009.

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