Tina Turner passed away on Wednesday (May 24) at the age of 83 after a long illness. Only five months earlier she had to endure a heavy blow of fate: the death of her youngest son Ronnie. He died at the age of 62.
Son Ronnie passed away in December 2022
After his death, Tina Turner said goodbye with an emotional statement on social media. Taking to Instagram, she wrote: “Ronnie, you left the world way too soon. In sorrow, I close my eyes and think of you, my beloved son.” In the comments, numerous fans and friends expressed their sympathy.
Ronnie’s primary cause of death was loud “Rolling Stone” a metastatic colon carcinoma. The cancer has thus spread to other organs. On December 13, 2022, the Daily Mail reported, citing a coroner, that the Turner son had colon cancer. The British newspaper also reported that he also had clogged arteries and cardiovascular problems. This cancer was not the first Ronnie suffered in his life. If he previously won the battle against cancer, he now tragically lost it.
Died after a long illness – Tina Turner’s first marriage was “hell on earth” – then came Erwin
Craig died at the age of 59
Tina Turner was the mother of two biological and two adopted children. But it wasn’t just Ronnie that Tina Turner had to say goodbye to as a mother.
Her son Craig Turner died on July 3, 2018 in Los Angeles at the age of 59. Tina Turner was 18 years old when he was born. His father was saxophonist Raymond Hill (1933-1996), who performed with Ike Turner’s band Kings of Rhythm. However, the father left his small family. Tina Turner has been a single parent since then until she got together with Ike Turner.
Craig was adopted by Ike Turner after he and Tina Turner married in 1962. Together, the two then had son Ronnie Turner. Tina Turner adopted Ike Turner’s two sons from a previous relationship. The marriage was divorced in 1978. The singer lived with her second husband (since 2013), the German music manager Erwin Bach (66), in Switzerland.
In Paris she learned of Craig’s death
Tina Turner found out about the death of her son Craig when she was celebrating her 5th wedding anniversary with her husband Erwin Bach in Paris. Her son allegedly committed suicide with a gun. He suffered from depression.
“When Erwin and I returned to the hotel, I just wanted to go to bed because I was very tired. Erwin checked our messages and played our advisor’s. Regarding Craig, she began by saying, ‘Turn off eavesdropping!’ Erwin did and took the phone into the next room,” the singer reported in “My Love Story: The Autobiography.”
At first she didn’t think of anything bad: “I thought about a car that he had crashed or other problems of this kind. When Erwin came back into the room, he seemed deeply shaken. He told me that Craig had died . Not in an accident, which I constantly feared as a worried mother. No, my son had killed himself. He shot himself. I heard what Erwin said, but I didn’t understand it. I was frozen.’ Please don’t let it be true,’ I prayed. I don’t know what happened next.”