Tina Turner lost her two sons in tragic circumstances


As successful as she was in the music field, Tina Turner faced at least as many difficulties in her personal life. His relationship with his sons was not cloudless either…

Tina Turner, who died on May 24, was the mother of two biological and two adopted sons. We have collected as much as we can about them.

Craig Raymond Turner

Craig Raymond Turner He was born on August 29, 1958, to the then 18-year-old singer and saxophonist Raymond Hill. Hill moved back to his hometown of Mississippi before his son was born. Craig was later adopted by Ike Turner Sr. when he married Tina.

In 2005, Tina told Oprah Winfrey that Craig was a very emotional child who suffered from his parents’ abusive relationship. “He always looked down sadly” said the star.

By the time Tina left Ike in 1976, Craig had already graduated. He then served in the Navy and later became a real estate agent.

Tina Turner and Craig Turner (Photo: Facebook)

On July 3, 2018, Craig committed suicide at the age of 59.

“He was fifty-nine when he died so tragically, but he will always be my child” Tina Turner wrote on her Twitter page at the time.

The singer told BBC News in October 2018: “I still don’t know what made him make that final decision.” She noted that Craig, who lived in Los Angeles, had just gotten a new job as a real estate agent and had a new girlfriend he wanted to introduce to his mother. “He told me at the time that he had never met a woman he felt this way about.”

Later, the star said that he believed loneliness played a role in his son’s death. “I think Craig was lonely, that’s what I think affected him more than anything.”

After his death, Tina tried to focus on the good parts of Craig’s life. “I’ve been putting pictures of her smiling all over the place and I think I feel she’s in a good place.”

Ike Turner Jr.

Ike Turner Jr. Born in 1958 to Ike Turner Sr. and his then-partner Lorraine Taylor, he was later adopted by Tina Turner. “I was raised by Tina from the age of 2. She’s the only mother I’ve ever known” said the Mail on Sundayto.

Like his parents, Ike Jr. became a musician. His father took him out of school at the age of 13 so they could tour together. “In the end, I ran his recording studio, plus I went on tour with them.”

He briefly worked as Tina’s sound engineer, but after the singer broke up with her husband, Ike Sr. wanted his son and ex to end their professional relationship. “When my mom and dad divorced, he didn’t want me to work with him — and he beat me in the head with a nickel-plated .45.”

As the pinnacle of Ike Jr.’s musical career, he shared the Grammy Award for Traditional Blues Album with his father.

Ike Turner and Ike Turner Jr.

Ike Turner and Ike Turner Jr. at the 2007 Grammy Awards (Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

By 1985, her relationship with her stepmother had broken off. “I know you’re busy, but I don’t know why you’re not calling me. I love her, she raised me, she is my mother he declared that year. – It feels like he’s neglecting us, at least the three of us, me, Michael and Ronnie.”

In 2018, Ike Jr. a Daily Mailhe revealed that he had not spoken to Tina for more than a decade. “I haven’t spoken to my mother in God knows how long – probably around 2000. She is living her life – she has a new husband and is in Europe. He wants nothing to do with the past.”

Ike Jr. currently plays in a band called The Love Thang. “All I’m trying to do is get my name right. I stand on stage and give my best.”

Michael Turner

Michael Turner Born in 1959 to Ike Sr. and Lorraine Taylor, Tina adopted him as well.

Michael fought to save his parents’ relationship after their divorce. “Michael wanted my mum and dad to get back together and the next thing I remember he was in hospital. He was hurt that they were apart” – told in 1985 SpinIke Jr.

Tina Turner and Sons

Tina Turner and her sons once upon a time (bj): Ike Jr., Michael, Ronnie and Craig

Michael struggled with addiction growing up. “I know in my heart that if I called Tina or my dad Ike right now, they would come and help me, but I just can’t do it. Tina has been very good to me and I love her, but I can’t live with anyone. I need to be free to do what I want” he once said.

In an interview in 2017, Ike Jr. talked about how Michael had several strokes and seizures and was confined to a wheelchair.

The following year he stated: “Michael is in a rehabilitation home in Southern California, requiring ongoing medical attention. I visited him quite a few times. It’s great.”

Ike Jr. added in the same place that his mother does not visit Michael, but supports him financially.

Ronnie Turner

Tina and Ike Sr.’s only biological son, Ronnie Turner He was born on October 27, 1960, in Los Angeles.

The singer said in an interview in 1989 that her youngest son was given a lot of opportunities when he was young. “He went to private schools and got pocket money, clothes and everything you could give a child. But Ronnie was determined to be self-destructive. Boundaries must be drawn. I’m keeping my eye on him.”

Because of his drug problems, his mother withdrew financial support from him. “I stayed away from him financially, but I always paid attention to know what was going on with him and to help him if he needed it. He’s finally standing on his own two feet” – said the singer in 1986.

In 1997, she told Larry King that her children were doing much better.

Ronald Turner and his wife

Ronald Turner and his wife (Photo: Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty Images)

Ronnie also followed in his footsteps in the music field: he played bass guitar in a band called Manufactured Funk. His parents are from 1993 What’s Love Got to Do With It he also appeared in the biographical film.

It is known that around the turn of the millennium he was already a father of two children, but he did not stay with the mother of his children. Later, he found love again: in March 2007, at the age of 46, he married the French singer Afida Turner.

He died of colon cancer on December 8, 2022, at the age of 62.

“Ronnie, you left the world too soon. In my sadness, I close my eyes and think of you. My beloved son” Tina Turner shared on her Instagram page the next day.


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