Tina Turner’s oldest son Craig Raymond Turner found dead at his home in Studio City, California, on Tuesday.
It is believed that Craig, 59, had committed suicide as he fatally shot himself when he was at his home in Studio City, California.
Authorities pronounced him dead at 12.38 pm, and Los Angeles County coroner’s office assistant chief Ed Winter confirmed that his death was being reported as a suicide. However, the official autopsy is due to take place.
Just a few hours earlier, his singer mother Tina, 78, was seen attending Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week.
Craig was Tina’s firstborn son and was born when she was just 18. His father was a saxophonist named Raymond Hill who played the saxophone for the band Kings of Rhythm.
Later, Tina married Ike Turner who adopted Craig after their marriage in 1962 and gave him his name.
Craig studied at Santa Monica College and was in real estate at Rodeo Realty, in the San Fernando Valley.
During an interview with Oprah in May 2005, Tina said:
“They saw the black eyes. Ike’s children never reacted, but my oldest son, Craig, was a very emotional kid. He’d always look down in sadness.”
“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.”
“I tried to have meals with the children, talk to them about life. But Ike had no sense of that. He’d always come home late from the studio. It was awful.”
Tina then moved to Switzerland in 1994 to live with German music producer Erwin Bach. The couple married five years ago.
Tina is yet to make an official statement about Craig’s death.
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