Tina Turner Sensed Her Late Son Craig Turner Was in a “Good Place”


Sep. 18 2023, Updated 2:01 p.m. ET

Tina Turner memorializing son Craig Turner on July 19, 2018.
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The gist:

  • Tina Turner welcomed her son Raymond Craig Turner into the world when she was just 18 years old.
  • Craig died by suicide on July 3, 2018.
  • Craig was working in real estate prior to his death.

As those who have seen the HBO documentary film Tina can attest, Grammy-winning singer Tina Turner was dealt devastating hardships in her life, including the death of her son Craig Turner.

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Craig was Tina’s first biological child, the son of saxophonist Raymond Hill, according to OprahDaily.com. The “Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll” welcomed Craig in 1958 when she was 18 years old. Craig’s siblings included a younger half-brother — Ronnie Turner, Tina’s son with late ex-husband Ike Turner — and two adoptive brothers — Ike Jr. and Michael, Ike Sr.’s sons from a prior relationship.

Here's what we know about Craig's untimely death.

How did Raymond Craig Turner die?

Tina Turner with her sons — Ike Jr., Michael, Ronnie, and Craig.
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Tina Turner with her sons — Ike Jr., Michael, Ronnie, and Craig, from left to right — in a photo from the early 1970s

Craig died by suicide on July 3, 2018, at home in Studio City, Calif., while Tina was away at Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week, according to Entertainment Tonight. He was 59.

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Craig was working in real estate at the time of his death.

The October after Craig’s death, Tina told BBC News that he seemed fulfilled, with a new job and a new girlfriend in his life. (According to ET, Craig worked in real estate in California’s San Fernando Valley.)

“I still don’t know what took him to the edge, because at that stage he had said to me that he had never met a woman that he felt that way about,” she said at the time. “He was bringing her to meet me [for] his birthday in August. He had decorated his apartment, that I bought him years ago. He had gotten a new job with a prominent real estate company in California, [which] he was very happy with.”

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Source: Entertainment Tonight/YouTube

Tina continued: “I have no idea what pulled him down, except something that followed him with loneliness. I think it was something with being alone. But when I think that, why didn’t he call the new girlfriend that gave him the lift?”

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Tina noticed a “change” in conversations with her son following his death.

Talking to BBC News about Craig, Tina said, “He was an introverted person, he was very shy, so I didn’t know either, except now when I listen back to our last conversations, I notice a change. The last few times we talked, the conversations were different, and I didn’t know that until after the suicide.”

The “What’s Love Got to Do with It” singer also reflected on Craig’s death in a June 2019 CBS News interview. “I think Craig was lonely, that’s what I think really got him more than anything else,” she said. “I have pictures all around of him smiling, and I think I’m sensing that he’s in a good place. I really do.”

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Nearly five years after Craig passed away, Tina followed. On May 24, 2023, word broke that Tina had died of natural causes. The music icon was 83 years old.

If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call, text, or message the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Dial or text 988, call 1-800-273-8255, or chat via their website.

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