Tina Turner Says ‘Final Goodbye’ To Late Son And Scatters His Ashes Off California Coast

Tina Turner’s firstborn son Craig Raymond Turner, 59, died earlier this month.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office confirmed the news of his death to Entertainment Tonight. He was found dead at his home in Studio City, Calif., at 12:58 p.m. on July 3.

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

On Friday, Tina opened up about the loss, tweeting that it was “my saddest moment as a mother,” and sharing a photo from the ceremony held last week in which the family scattered Craig’s ashes off the California coast.

Craig was born just after Tina turned 18, before she married her first husband Ike Turner. Ike and Craig’s biological father, Raymond Hill, performed in a band together. After Ike married Tina in 1962, he adopted Craig and gave him his last name.

Ike and Tina Turner pose for a portrait with their son and step-sons in circa 1972. Clockwise from bottom left: Michael Turner (Son of Ike & Lorraine Taylor), Ike Turner, Jr. (Son of Ike & Lorraine Taylor), Ike Turner, Craig Hill (Son of Tina & Raymond Hill), Ronnie Turner (Son of Ike & Tina). Photo: Getty Images
Ike and Tina Turner pose for a portrait with their son and step-sons in circa 1972. Clockwise from bottom left: Michael Turner (Son of Ike & Lorraine Taylor), Ike Turner, Jr. (Son of Ike & Lorraine Taylor), Ike Turner, Craig Hill (Son of Tina & Raymond Hill), Ronnie Turner (Son of Ike & Tina). Photo: Getty Images — Photo: Getty

 

Craig was in real estate in the San Fernando Valley.

In happier times, Tina’s eldest son posted a photo of himself and his mother to Facebook in January 2018.

The tragic news came after Tina, 78, attended Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week in France where she appeared to be in high spirits.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 03: Juliette Binoche and Tina Turner attend the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 03: Juliette Binoche and Tina Turner attend the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)

Turner was pictured with actress Juliette Binoche and Roberta Armani at the fashion event in the City of Lights before learning of her eldest son’s sudden death.

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Tina’s legendary career is currently being showcased on London’s West End in the musical “Tina”.

If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.

The Canadian Association for Suicide PreventionDepression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.

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