Music legend Tina Turner passed away at the age of 83 on May 24 after a long illness.
His death came less than six months after his youngest son, Ronnie, tragically died at the age of 62 from complications of colon cancer.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Queen shared Ronnie with her ex-husband Ike Turner and was also the mother of three boys.
He met Raymond Craig with Kings of Rhythm saxophonist Raymond Hill, who was later adopted by Ike. Tina’s husband changed his name to Craig Raymond Turner.
The “Proud Mary” singer has adopted two of Ike’s six children from previous relationships.
“I have to say they’re good guys,” he told Larry King on “Larry King Live” in 1997.
Here’s everything you need to know about his four sons.
Craig Raymond Turner
Tina gave birth to her first child, a son named Craig Raymond, when she was just 18 years old.
She welcomed the baby with her then-boyfriend, Raymond Hill, who played the saxophone in the band Kings of Rhythm.
According to his Facebook page, he spent most of his life away from the spotlight and worked as a real estate agent in Beverly Hills.
Tragically, she died in 2018 by suicide, which Tina said was her “sadest moment as a mother”.
“She was 59 when she died so tragically, but she will always be my baby,” she said in the 2021 documentary “Tina”.
He also theorized that Craig was “alone” when he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Studio City, California.
“I think Craig was lonely, I think that affected him more than anything else,” he said in an interview with “CBS This Morning” in 2019.
“There are pictures of him smiling around and I think I feel like he’s in a good place. I really want it,” he added.
Here’s what you need to know about the legendary singer Tina Turner…
“Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” died Wednesday at the age of 83, after a prolific career spanning decades.
Tina – who was adopted Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame As a solo artist in 2021 – he has sold over 100 million records worldwide during his career, with songs including the hit song “The Best” and his solo comeback single “What’s Love Got to Do With It”.
It recorded the first and only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the song that started the resurgence of her career in the 1980s.
Tina was 44 at the time, making her the oldest solo female artist to top the Hot 100 chart.
The singer and actress has won a total of 12 Grammy Awards, including eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ronnie Renelle Turner
Tina gave birth to her second son, Ronald “Ronnie” Renelle, in October 1960.
She shared Ronnie with her ex-husband Ike, with whom she was married from 1962 to 1978.
He followed his musical parents to show business, starring with his mother in the 1993 film “What’s Got to Do with It,” which chronicles Tina’s rise to stardom.
Little is known about her adult life, but she married French musician Afida Turner in 2007.
Tragedy struck again in December 2022 when his wife announced that he had passed away at the age of 62.
“God, Ronnie Turner, a real angel, a huge soul, highly spiritual, my husband, my best friend, my baby,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.
The Turner family also confirmed his death in a statement to Page Six.
“The family appreciates the support and prayers for Ronnie from around the world and respectfully requests privacy during this time of great mourning,” the statement said.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-The Coroner later concluded that he died of complications from colon cancer,
Ike Turner Jr.
One of Ike’s two children, whom Tina adopted, was Ike Turner Jr.
He welcomed his eldest son with Lorraine Taylor in 1958, but married Tina less than five years later.
Ike Jr. has followed in his family’s footsteps in the music industry, even winning a Grammy Award in the 2006 Traditional Blues Album category for producing his father’s album ‘Risin’ With The Blues’.
In a 2018 interview with the Daily Mail, Ike Jr. claimed that he hadn’t spoken to his mother in almost 20 years.
“Tina raised me from the age of two. She is the only mother I know,” she said at the time.
“I haven’t spoken to my mother in God knows how long—probably around the year 2000. I don’t think any of my siblings have spoken to her for a long time, either.”
Reflected by Tina in the 2021 documentary, Ike Sr. He passed away in 2007.
“I hated Ike for a long time, I gotta say. But then, after he died, I realized that he was a really sick person,” Turner said, detailing the cycle of abuse he was subjected to at the hands of cocaine addict Ike at the time.
“It hurts me to have to remember those times, but at a certain stage, forgiveness takes hold, forgiveness means not having to hold on.”
Tina also adopted Taylor’s second son, Michael, born in 1959.
Of all his children, the least is known about Michael, as he never ventured into show business.
A source close to the family told Fox News that he and his brother Ike were “devastated” as their mother was cut from the 2021 documentary.
However, it seems that Michael has been estranged from his famous mother for a while too.
In the same 2018 article to the Daily Mail, Ike Jr. told the Daily Mail that Michael was “at a convalescent home in Southern California” and claimed he needed “medical support”, but did not specify what type.
However, Ike Jr. “I went to see him a few times,” she said at the time. It’s going great.”
“All he does is send her money,” he said, noting that Tina didn’t visit.