Who Are Tina Turner's Children And What Happened To Them?

In late 2022, the youngest son of legendary soul and R&B singer Tina Turner, Ronnie Turner, died at the age of 62, according to NBC News. It was later revealed Ronnie was recently diagnosed with cancer, as the Daily Mail reports. This was the second such tragedy to affect the Turner family. In 2018, Tina's son, Craig (Ronnie's half-brother), also died. When announcing Ronnie's death, Tina wrote on Instagram "Ronnie, you left the world far too early. In sorrow I close my eyes and think of you, my beloved son."

Tina has had four sons. Her eldest son, Craig, was born when she was 18 years old, fathered by musician Raymond Hill, whom Tina performed alongside in the Kings of Rhythm, per Closer Weekly. After Tina and Hill split, she began what's perhaps her most famous relationship with Ike Turner, bandleader with the Kings of Rhythm, whom she later married. Tina famously performed with Ike in the Ike & Tina Turner Duo before their contentious split in 1978 (via Smooth Radio).

Ronnie was the only biological child of Tina and her ex-husband, Ike. She also adopted two of Ike's children from an earlier relationship: Ike Turner, Jr. and Michael Turner. Ike Turner, Sr. died in 2007, according to USA Today. From Craig and Ronnie's own careers in music to the sad ends of their lives, here's an update on Tina Turner's four children and what we know about the singer's two surviving children.

Craig Turner

According to The Guardian, Craig Raymond Turner, Tina Turner's eldest son, died in 2018 by suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot at his home in California at just 59 years old. Sadly, Craig Turner, son of Raymond Hall, was old enough to remember the domestic violence rife in his mother's relationship with Ike, Craig's adopted father. When Craig was a child, Tina also attempted suicide (via USA Today). She later described her oldest son as emotional and prone to sadness. In 2018, Tina recalled Craig comforting her at low points in her rocky first marriage. In his career, Craig worked in real estate in Beverly Hills. 

After Craig's death, Tina posted on Twitter, "My saddest moment as a mother. On Thursday, July 19, 2018, I said my final goodbye to my son, Craig Raymond Turner, when I gathered with family and friends to scatter his ashes off the coast of California ... he will always be my baby." That same year, Tina told BBC News that before he died, Craig revealed he had entered into a romantic relationship. He had plans to introduce his new partner to his mother on his birthday. He lived in an apartment his mother bought for him in California, Tina also relayed. (Tina and her four children are pictured above, left to right: Ike Turner, Jr., Michael Turner, Ronnie Turner, and Craig Turner.)

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Ronnie Turner

Tina Turner's youngest biological son, Ronnie Turner, was pronounced dead by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ronnie followed his mother's and father's footsteps into show business. As a musician, Ronnie performed in the group Manufactured Funk and also made an appearance in the 1993 Tina Turner biopic "What's Love Got to Do With It" (per The Guardian). Ronnie had a history of addiction issues. After surviving cancer once, it returned suddenly, based on Daily Mail reporting. He died roughly three weeks after the diagnosis. Whether Ronnie's recent cancer diagnosis was a factor in his death remains unconfirmed.

Also according to the Daily Mail, Ronnie was found with breathing difficulties outside his home. Attempts to perform CPR on Ronnie were unsuccessful. At the time of his death. Ronnie was married to Afida Turner (pictured). After Ronnie's death was announced, Afida posted on Instagram, "I did the best to the end this time I was [not] able to save you." Per the Daily Mail, Afida later revealed on Instagram that Ronnie's health declined rapidly after this cancer returned. She called her husband a terrific musician and an amazing soul. Afida and Ronnie had no children (via Page Six).

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Ike Turner, Jr.

Of all of Tina Turner's children, her eldest adopted son, Ike Turner, Jr. — born in 1958 to Ike Turner, Sr. and Lorraine Taylor — is most closely linked to the music industry, with a 2006 Grammy Award to his credit as the producer of his father's album, "Risin' With The Blues" (via Grammy.com). Playing music from the age of 13, Ike, Jr. teamed up with a former Ike Turner Revue backup singer, Randi Love, in 2017, based on Oklahoma Eagle reporting.

In 2018, Ike, Jr. released a single, "Freaky," performing with Sweet Randi Love & Love Thang Band. Also in 2018, he revealed to the Daily Mail that his adopted mother estranged herself from the two children she adopted while married to Ike, Sr. In that same interview, Ike, Jr. said, "Tina raised me from the age of two. She's the only mother I've ever known ... But I haven't talked to my mother since God knows when — probably around 2000. I don't think any of my brothers have talked to her in a long time either."

Michael Turner

Little is known about the whereabouts of Michael Turner, Tina Turner's second adopted child from her marriage to Ike Turner, Sr. In 2018, Ike, Jr. gave an update to the Daily Mail: "Michael is in a convalescent home in Southern California and needs medical support. I've been to see him quite a few times. He's doing great." At that time, Ike, Jr. added that the only contact Tina had with her adopted son, Michael, was through financial support.

As Fox News explains, Ronnie; Ike, Jr.; and Michael were reportedly devastated to be mostly left out of their mother's HBO Max "Tina" documentary. As Fox News goes on to note, Tina married music producer Erwin Bach after her divorce from Ike Turner, Sr. The couple now lives in Switzerland. Per Smooth Radio, Tina, age 83 as of this report, is battling health concerns. On his mother's new life with Bach in Europe, Ike, Jr. told the Daily Mail, "My mother is living her life ... She doesn't want to have anything to do with the past."