Gone too soon. Tina Turner's oldest son Craig Raymond Turner reportedly committed suicide at the age of 59 on July 3, according to TMZ. He was pronounced dead this afternoon when cops arrived to his Studio City, CA home, due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sadly, Tina just left for Paris to attend Haute Couture Fashion Week.
Tina was photographed at a star-studded event, shortly before her son's unexpected death. One heartbroken fan tweeted, "Just two hours ago I posted the pic of Tina Turner at the Armani show in Paris, she was with Juliette Binoche. Devastation to know she just lost her son Craig Turner." Fans are sharing their condolences for Tina, as she had Craig when she was only 18-years-old with a saxophonist named Raymond Hill, who performed with Ike Turner's band Kings of Rhythm.
"My love and condolences to you on this mournful day. 💖," one wrote. Another added: "God bless you and your family Tina 🙏🏼I’m sorry for you loss! Please continue to be a strong positive light." Tina's oldest son made his living as a realtor in Studio City. His business referred to him as “extremely dedicated to pleasing clients and accomplishing all your real estate needs.”
Tina is also the mother of 57-year-old son Ronnie Turner, whom she welcomed with Ike in 1960. When Tina and Ike tied the knot in 1962, Ike adopted Craig and she also adopted two of Ike’s children, Ike Jr. and Michael. Tina filed for divorce from Ike five years later, in 1967, and he passed away in December 2007. After their split, Tina began dating Erwin Bach. The couple got married in July 2013 after 27 years together. Our hearts go out to her family during this tough time.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.