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Tina was hospitalised in New York

Contact Music - December 2, 2008

Legendary singer TINA TURNER was hospitalised in New York on Sunday (30 Nov, 2008) for a severe fever - but refused to postpone her sold-out show at Madison Square Garden the following night for fear of disappointing her fans.

The What's Love Got to Do With It hitmaker, 69, also had to be put on oxygen during her hospital visit. But the eight-time Grammy winner was determined to stick to her tour schedule and pressed ahead with her gig on Monday (01Dec08) - even doing a meet and greet with VIPs including Anne Hathaway, and Tom Cruise and wife Katie Holmes, who had turned out to see her in concert.

The celebrities were reportedly told that "no one is to shake her hand, and she cannot talk before performing (because of the illness). She's very shy." However, Turner shrugged off her high temperature and chatted with each guest, before stepping out on stage to thrill fans with her two-and-a-half hour show, reports the New York Post's gossip column PageSix.

Legendary singer TINA TURNER kept her fans' wheels turning when she tapped TOM CRUISE to sing her back-up vocals on stage during a New York concert.

The 69-year-old star performed a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on Monday night (01Dec08) - one day after she was hospitalised in the city for a severe fever.

Turner refused to scrap the performance for fear of disappointing her fans - but sent them into a spin when she plucked Cruise from the audience and prompted him to "Sing along!"

Cruise, who was joined by wife Katie Holmes, crooned to her hit, Nutbush City Limits.

Other celebrity guests applauding the living legend included actress Anne Hathaway and supermodel Molly Simms.

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