Tina Turner’s Children: Everything you should know about her four sons
Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ passed away on May 24, 2023. As the world mourns the passing of the legendary musician, here are some facts about her four sons that many of her fans and admirers do not know.
The charismatic vocalist reportedly passed away in Switzerland after a lengthy illness. Turner’s team announced her passing via her official social media accounts. “It is with great sadness that we announce Tina Turner’s passing.”
The vocal powerhouse blessed and entertained people for over six decades with songs such as ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It,’ ‘Private Dancer,’ ‘Simply the Best,’ and ‘Proud Mary,’ among others.
Tina passed away six months after her son Ronnie Turner, her youngest child, died of colon cancer.
Craig Raymond Turner, Ike Turner Jr., and Michael Turner are Tina’s three additional children with her ex-husband, Ike Turner.
Craig and Ronnie were her biological sons, while she adopted Turner Jr. and Michael, Ike’s two sons.
Tina Turner’s Children
Christopher Raymond Craig
In 1958, Tina gave birth to her first son, Craig Raymond Turner. She was 18 years old. The singer was in a relationship with Ike Turner’s band Kings of Rhythm saxophonist Raymond Hill.
Craig tragically passed away in his California home in July 2018, allegedly by suicide. He was 59.
Turner hosted a ceremony honouring him. She shared the following tweet:
“My most sorrowful moment as a mother. When I gathered with family and friends to scatter my son Craig Raymond Turner’s ashes off the coast of California, I said my final farewells. He was fifty-nine years old at the time of his tragic death, but he will always be my baby.”
Ronnie Renelle Turner:
“Ronnie” Renelle Turner is the youngest of Tina’s children. Moreover, he was the only child Ike and Tina shared. Ronnie was reportedly cast alongside his late mother in the 1993 film ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’.
He was married to Afia Turner, a singer. On December 8, 2018, he passed away after a battle with colon cancer. His wife posted a statement to Instagram that read, “My God, Ronnie Turner, a true angel, a huge soul, a highly spiritual man who is also my husband, my best friend, and my baby.”
Ike Turner Jr.
Tina adopted two of the six children of Ike Turner. Ike Turner Jr., Tina’s oldest child, was born in 1958. In 2016, he received a Grammy for producing his father’s album ‘Risin’ With The Blues’ in the Traditional Blues Album category.
Ike Jr. and Tina had been estranged for nearly twenty years. Ike Jr. stated in a 2018 interview, “Tina raised me from the age of two.” The only mother I have ever known is her. I have not spoken with my mother since who knows when, most likely around the year 2000. I believe none of my brothers have spoken to her in a long time.”
Michael Turner is the youngest son of Ike Turner from his relationship with Lorraine Taylor. He does a good job of avoiding the media, so not much is known about him. Nonetheless, a source told Fox News that Michael and his brothers Ike and Ronnie were ‘devastated’ to have been omitted from Tina Turner’s HBO Max documentary titled ‘Tina.’
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