Oprah Winfrey has put a stop to rumours suggesting retired rock legend Tina Turner has suffered a stroke, insisting her close pal is alive and well after battling a bout of influenza.

The Tv mogul-turned-actress took it upon herself to dismiss the claims of bad health after a Twitter.com post caught her eye on Saturday (15Feb14).

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!"

Despite the illness, Turner didn't forget that her friend was celebrating her 60th birthday last month (Jan14).

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

Turner, who wed longtime boyfriend Erwin Bach last year (13), has been keeping a low profile in her adopted Switzerland since retiring in 2009.