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Craig Turner, Eldest Son of Tina Turner, Dead at 59

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Tina Turner’s oldest son, Craig Raymond Turner, has died.

The 59-year-old was pronounced dead at his home in Studio City, Calif. at 12:58 p.m. on Tuesday of an apparent suicide, a spokesperson told ET.


“The call was reported as a suicide, gunshot wound,” the spokesperson said. “The next of kin has been notified. There will be an autopsy done and there is an investigator at the scene.”

Craig, a real estate agent in California, was the son of Tina, who gave birth to him at 18, and Kings of Rhythm saxophonist Raymond Hill. Tina would marry Ike Turner four years later, and Ike Turner would then adopt Craig.


Tina, who has been candid about the abuse she suffered because of Ike Turner, told Oprah back in 2005 that the relationship had a deep impact on Craig who “was a very emotional kid.” (h/t People).

According to ET, Tina appears to be in Paris, France for the Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week.

People notes that the singer has been living in Europe since 1995, giving up her American citizenship in 2013.


If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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My sympathies to his friends and family.  I hope he's at peace now.