What you need to know about the late singer’s 4 children
Music legend Tina Turner died on May 24 after a long illness at the age of 83.
Her passing came less than six months after her youngest son, Ronnie, tragically died of complications from colon cancer at the age of 62.
The rock ‘n’ roll queen shared Ronnie with ex-husband Ike Turner and was also mum to three other boys.
She took in Raymond Craig with Kings of Rhythm saxophonist Raymond Hill, who was later adopted by Ike. Tina’s husband changed his name to Craig Raymond Turner.
The “Proud Mary” singer also adopted two of Ike’s six children from previous relationships.
“I have to say, they were good kids,” she told Larry King on “Larry King Live” in 1997.
Here’s everything you need to know about his four sons.
Craig Raymond Turner
Tina gave birth to her first child, a son named Craig Raymond, when she was just 18 years old.
She welcomed the baby with then-boyfriend Raymond Hill, who played saxophone in the band Kings of Rhythm.
He spent most of his life out of the spotlight and worked as a real estate agent in Beverly Hills, according to his Facebook page.
Tragically, he died by suicide in 2018, which Tina said was her “sadest moment as a mother.”
“He was 59 when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby,” she said in the 2021 documentary “Tina.”
She also speculated that Craig was “alone” when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Studio City, California.
“I think Craig was alone, that’s what really drew him to him more than anything else,” she said in a 2019 interview with “CBS This Morning.”
“I have pictures all around of him smiling, and I think I feel he’s in a good place. I really do,” she added.
Here’s what to know about legendary singer Tina Turner
The “queen of rock ‘n’ roll” died Wednesday at age 83 after a prolific career that spanned decades.
Tina – who was inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2021 – has sold over 100 million records worldwide throughout his career, with songs including the anthem hit “The Best” and his solo comeback single “What’s Love Got to Do With It”.
She scored her first and only number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the song, which launched her career resurgence in the 1980s.
Tina was 44 at the time, making her the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100 chart.
The singer and actress has won 12 Grammy Awards in total, including eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ronnie Renelle Turner
Tina gave birth to her second son, Ronald “Ronnie” Renelle, in October 1960.
She shared Ronnie with her ex-husband, Ike, to whom she was married from 1962 to 1978.
He followed his musician parents into showbiz, starring opposite his mother in the 1993 film “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” which charted Tina’s rise to stardom.
Little is known about his adult life, but he married French musician Afida Turner in 2007.
Tragedy struck again in December 2022 when his wife revealed his death at the age of 62.
“My God, Ronnie Turner, a true angel, a huge soul, highly spiritual, my husband, my best friend, my baby,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.
The Turner family also confirmed his death in a statement to Page Six.
“The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Ronnie from around the world, and respectfully request privacy at this time of great grief,” the statement read.
The Los Angeles County medical examiner-coroner later concluded that he died of colon cancer,
Ike Turner Jr.
One of Ike’s two children whom Tina adopted was Ike Turner Jr.
He welcomed his eldest son in 1958 with Lorraine Taylor, but he married Tina less than five years later.
Ike Jr. followed in his parents’ footsteps in the music industry, even winning a Grammy Award for producing his father’s album, “Risin’ With The Blues” in the 2006 Blues Album category. traditional.
In a 2018 interview with the Daily Mail, Ike Jr. claimed he hadn’t spoken to his mother in almost 20 years.
“Tina raised me from the age of two. She’s the only mother I’ve ever known,” he said at the time.
“I haven’t spoken to my mother since God knows when – probably around 2000. I don’t think any of my brothers have spoken to her in a long time either.”
Ike Sr. died in 2007, which Tina reflected on in her 2021 documentary.
“For a long time I hated Ike, I have to say. But then after he died I really realized he was a sick person,” Turner said at the time, detailing how she suffered a cycle of abuse at the hands of Ike, addicted to cocaine.
“It hurts to have to remember those times, but at some point forgiveness kicks in, forgiving means not having to hold on.”
Tina also adopted Taylor’s second son, Michael, born in 1959.
Of all his children, the least known is Michael, as he never entered showbiz.
A source close to the family told Fox News that he and his brother Ike were “devastated” to have been left out of their mother’s 2021 documentary.
However, it looks like Michael was also estranged from his famous mother for a while.
Ike Jr. told the Daily Mail in the same 2018 article that Michael was in a “convalescent home in Southern California” and claimed he needed “medical support” but did not. did not specify what type.
However, Ike Jr. also pointed out at the time, “I went to see him several times. He is doing very well.
He noted that Tina didn’t show up, adding, “All she does is send him money.”