Tina Turner’s Son, Craig Turner, Dead At 59

by Jessica Lane

July 4, 2018

Photo by TMZ

Tina Turner’s oldest son, Craig Turner, died by suicide Tuesday afternoon. He was 59 years old and worked as a California real estate agent.


According to People, he was pronounced dead at 12:38p on Tuesday. He was found severely injured in his Studio City, California home after suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Craig is Tina’s oldest son, whom she had with saxophonist Raymond Hill, of Ike Turner’s band Kings of Rhythm, at 18 years old. Craig became a ‘Turner’ once Ike adopted him, shortly after Ike and Tina were married in 1962.

CIRCA 1972: Ike & Tina Turner pose for a portrait with their son and step-sons in circa 1972. Clockwise from bottom left: Michael Turner (Son of Ike & Lorraine Taylor), Ike Turner, Jr. (Son of Ike & Lorraine Taylor), Ike Turner, Craig Hill (Son of Tina & Raymond Hill), Ronnie Turner (Son of Ike & Tina). (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, Tina and Ike’s tumultuous relationship impacted Craig greatly growing up. As documented in What’s Love Got To Do With It and her new musical Tina, Ike’s abuse reached dangerous levels and Craig saw the black eyes and bruises firsthand.

Tina shared with Oprah, in 2005, that Craig ‘was a very emotional kid.’

“One day when Ike was fighting me, Craig knocked on the door and said, ‘Mother, are you all right?’ I thought, ‘Oh, please, don’t beat me at home.’ I didn’t want my children to hear,” said Tina about a particularly violent episode.

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