Tina Turner’s son Craig has died in California at just 59. Picture: Facebook
Tina Turner’s son Craig has died in California at just 59. Picture: Facebook

Tina Turner’s son dead at 59

TINA Turner was seen attending a fashion show in Paris on Tuesday just hours before her son was found dead aged 59 after reportedly taking his own life.

Craig Raymond Turner, who is the singer's firstborn child, was found unresponsive at his home in Studio City, California, on Tuesday.

Police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances and he was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.38pm local time (5.38am AEST), reports The Sun.

 

Tina Turner with her son Craig, pictured in the 1980s. Picture: Supplied
Tina Turner with her son Craig, pictured in the 1980s. Picture: Supplied

 

The Los Angeles County coroner's office assistant chief Ed Winter confirmed he had died by suicide, however a post-mortem examination is due to take place.

Just hours earlier, music icon Tina Turner, 78, was seen attending a Giorgio Armani show at the Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris.

 

She was just 18 when she had Craig with Raymond Hill - who played the saxophone for the band Kings of Rhythm.

Craig was adopted by her husband Ike Turner after their marriage in 1962 and gave him his name.

Ike and Tina Turner in Australia in 1975. Picture: Supplied
Ike and Tina Turner in Australia in 1975. Picture: Supplied

She also adopted Ike's two children from his first marriage - Ike Jnr, 59, and Michael, 58.

Turner has a son - 57-year-old Ronnie - with Ike.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in May 2005, Tina Turner said Craig was "a very emotional kid" who had witnessed her being abused by Ike.

 

Tina Turner has spoken about how her children saw ex-husband Ike beat her. Picture: Supplied
Tina Turner has spoken about how her children saw ex-husband Ike beat her. Picture: Supplied

She 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?'

Tina Turner is a true legend of the music industry. Picture: Supplied
Tina Turner is a true legend of the music industry. Picture: Supplied

"I thought, 'Oh, please, don't beat me at home.' I didn't want my children to hear."

According to his Facebook page, Craig worked in real estate in Beverly Hills.

Tina Turner moved to Switzerland in 1994 before her second marriage to German music producer Erwin Bach five years ago.

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This story was originally published in The Sun and is reprinted with permission.



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