Tina Turner, the ‘Queen of Rock and Roll’ has died peacefully at 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. ”With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model”, the family gave the statement. A private funeral ceremony is expected for family and close friends and family. Turner’s cause of death was a ”long illness”, according to a statement from her publicist.
The singing star flourished and had a long unbeatable career for many decades. But, what about her personal life? Fans are eager to know whether she had any children. Also, people are searching on the internet that Tina Turner survived by whom. This section will give us a detailed view of Tina Turner’s children.
Did Tina Turner have any kids?
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The legendary singer had two biological children. She had her first son, named Raymond Craig, at the age of 18 with saxophonist of Kings of Rhythm, Raymond Hill. Her second son named Ronnie was born with Ike Turner.
Also, she adopted two of Ike’s sons and raised them as her own. Let us find out more about Tina Turner’s children one by one in detail.
At the age of 18, Tina Turner gave birth to her first son, named Raymond Craig Turner, with Raymond Hill on August 29, 1958. Hill was a saxophonist in the blues band Kings of Rhythm.
Hill had moved from St. Louis, where he and Tina were playing with Ike Turner in Kings of Rhythm, back to his hometown in Mississippi before his son’s birth. Craig was later adopted by Ike Sr. when he married Tina. Hill died in April 1996 of congestive heart failure. Likewise, Ike Turner died of a cocaine overdose in 2007.
By the time Tina left Ike in 1976, Craig had already graduated from high school. Initially, he worked in the Navy and later became a real estate agent.
Tragically. Craig was found dead by suicide at 59 at his home in Studio City, California in 2018. ”On Thursday, July 19, 2018, I said my final goodbye to my son, Craig Raymond Turner when I gathered with family and friends to scatter his ashes off the coast of California,” she wrote on Twitter. “He was fifty-nine when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby.”
Tina also reflected on her last conversations with her son on Oprah’s Super Soul. “First of all, I didn’t believe it, because me and Craig’s last talks were, ‘Mother, I’m so happy, I’m really happy now,’ ” she told Winfrey. “The very last [conversation], he said, ‘Hi Mother, I just want to hear your voice and that laugh.’ That one stuck out because he had never said that. I think that was his goodbye to me.”
After his death, Tina tried to focus on the good parts of Craig’s life. “I have pictures all around of him smiling, and I think I’m sensing that he’s in a good place,” she said.
Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Turner was the only biological son of Tina Turner and Ike. He was born in Los Angeles on October 27, 1960.
On the career front, Ronnie followed in his parents’ musical footsteps, playing bass in a group called the Manufactured Funk. He also had a cameo in his parents’ 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It.
Unfortunately, throughout his life, Ronnie faced a history of drug-related legal issues. In August 1999, he was busted for possession of cocaine, with authorities alleging he was selling drugs.
Ronnie reportedly had two children by 2000. He found love later in life, marrying French singer Afida Turner (née Hafidda Messaï) in March 2007 at the age of 46.
He died of colon cancer on Dec. 8, 2022, at the age of 62. One day later, Tina shared a tribute to her youngest son on Instagram. “Ronnie, you left the world far too early,” she wrote. “In sorrow, I close my eyes and think of you. My beloved son.”
Ike Turner Jr.
Born to Ike Turner Sr. and Lorraine Taylor in 1958, Ike Turner Jr. was adopted by Tina early in life. “Tina raised me from the age of 2. She’s the only mother I’ve ever known,” he said in an interview.
Ike Jr. mentioned that his father took him out of school at 13 to tour with him. “I ended up running his recording studio, plus going on the road with them,” he said.
He went on to achieve success in the music industry, winning a Grammy Award in 2006 after featuring on ‘Risin’ with the Blues’. It was the final album recorded by his father before his death from a cocaine overdose.
For some time, he worked as Tina’s sound engineer following her split from Ike Sr., who wanted his son and ex to put an end to their professional relationship. “When my mother and father separated, he did not want me working with her — and he beat me in the head with a nickel-plated .45 pistol,” Ike Jr. alleged.
In 2018, Ike Jr. said he hadn’t spoken to Tina in over a decade. “I haven’t talked to my mother since God knows when — probably around 2000,” he told the Mail. “My mother is living her life — she has a new husband and she’s in Europe. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with the past”.
Micheal Turner was adopted by Tina before her split with Ike in 1978. Michael struggled in the wake of their divorce. “Michael wanted my mother and father to get back together, and the next thing knew he was in the hospital,” Ike Jr., who shares a close relationship with his younger brother, mentioned at an interview in 1985. “He was hurt by their being apart.”
Ike Jr. stated in 2017 that Michael was using a wheelchair and had “several strokes and seizures.” He also gave an update on his sibling in 2018. “Michael is in a convalescent home in Southern California and needs medical support,” he shared. “I’ve been to see him quite a few times. He’s doing great.”
When asked if Tina ever visits Micheal, Ike Jr. replied, ”No, all she does is send him money.”
Tina Turner’s husband was Erwin Bach, a music executive with the label EMI, at the time of her death. As Tina suffered from kidney failure, Erwin Bach went to donate his kidney to his wife, Tina Turner, which extended her life for six years.