Who Was Raymond Craig Turner? What Happened To Tina Turner’s Son

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Who Was Raymond Craig Turner? What Happened To Tina Turner’s Son
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Raymond Craig Turner was an American real estate agent who tragically passed away at the age of 59. He was the oldest son of Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll Tina Turner and Kings of Rhythm saxophonist Raymond Hill. He was working at Rodeo Realty at the time of his death.

Craig was born to the late Rockstar Tina when she was a senior in high school and was just 18 at that time. A lot of people wanted to know about his biological father. He was later adopted by Ike Turner and his name was changed to Craig Raymond Turner. He grew up alongside his half-siblings Ronald Renelle Turner, Ike Turner Jr., and Michael Turner.

Sadly in 2018, Raymond was found dead at the age of 59. Today, we will look back on Tina Turner’s son’ wiki, family, and career. Also, we will find out if Raymond Craig Turner ever married a wife.

Key Takeaways

Raymond Craig is the eldest child of the late Tina Turner.
His biological father was Raymond Hill but he was later adopted by Ike Turner.
As a child, he was a rather emotional child and used to react morosely toward his parents’ abusive relationship.
He has one half-brother, Ronnie, and two step-siblings, Michael Turner and Ike Turner Jr.
Craig’s biological father passed in 1996 and his mother Tina died in 2023.
Raymond died at the age of 59 after committing suicide from a self-inflicting gunshot wound.
Before his death, he was working as a realtor at Rodeo Realty.
He was in a relationship and had planned on marrying his girlfriend but tragically he passed away.

Raymond Craig Turner Wiki: Who is his biological father?

The late celebrity kid was born Raymond Craig on 29th Aug 1958 in Missouri, the USA. He would have been 65 years old in 2023. Turner was the oldest child of singer and actress Tina Turner and her then-lover Raymond Hill.

Raymond Craig Turner Was An American Real Estate Agent
Craig committed suicide at the age of 59 in Los Angeles

As per his mother, Craig was a very emotional child and often looked out for his mother. He finished high school in 1976, the same year his mother left his adoptive father Ike.

Craig was adopted by Ike after his father left them

Craig’s dad Raymond left him and Tina and returned to his hometown Clarskdale after he broke his ankle during a wrestling match with his bandmate, Carlson Oliver. Soon after the bout, Tina and Raymond’s relationship broke up which saw him leave his pregnant girlfriend to fend for herself.

After Tina married Ike, he adopted her son Craig. Afterward, the pair alongside their children settled in St. Louis.

Raymond Craig Turner’s Parents Had An Abusive Relationship

If you know who Tina and Ike are, then you surely know about their tumultuous relationship. The former couple crossed paths in 1957 at the Manhattan Club in East St. Louis. Initially, their bond started as a ‘brother and sister from another lifetime’.

However, after a while, the pair became romantically involved and moved in together. Ike and Tina welcomed their son Ronnie Turner in October 1960. Likewise, they got married two years later in 1962 in Tijuana.

The family of six moved to the View Park area after Ike purchased a house for them. While everyone thought that the singer had a perfect life, Ike was something else. He was abusive to his wife and used to beat her all the time.

The abuse and violence she endured throughout her marriage were revealed years later in I Tina, a book by Kurt Loder based on the life of Tina.

Craig & His Siblings Grew Up In A Violent Environment

As mentioned above, Ike was abusive to his wife and created a violent environment at home. He reportedly hit Tina at home even though his four children were present at the scene.

Raymond Craig Turner with his mother Tina Turner and family
Craig pictured alongside his mother Tina Turner his adoptive father Ike Turner and his siblings

As per Tina’s interview with Oprah, the children use to see her black eyes every now and then.

Craig responded differently to his mom’s abuse

Growing up, the late star kid was an emotional child. Whenever he witnessed abuse at the hand of his adopted father, he had a different set of reactions. While discussing how her children were so used to seeing the abuse, she said,

“They saw the black eyes. Ike’s children never reacted, but my oldest son, Craig, was a very emotional kid. He’d always look down in sadness.”

She continued,

“One day when Ike was fighting me, Craig knocked on the door and said, “Mother, are you all right?”

When Turner decided to leave her abusive husband, Craig had already graduated high school and Ronnie was still in school.

What Did the Late Raymond Craig Turner Do For A Living?

Raymond was working as a real estate agent at the time of his death in 2018. As per Tina, he had landed a new job with Rodeo Realty, a real estate company based in California’s San Fernando Valley.

Raymond On His Graduation Day With His Mother Tina Turner
Turner alongside his mother Tina during his high school graduation.

According to a now-deleted online profile, he was called an “extremely dedicated to pleasing clients and accomplishing all your real estate needs” type of agent. Also, he was a member of The National Organization of Realtors: The California Association of Realtors.

Was Tina Turner’s son married?

As per Tina’s statement in 2018, Turner was dating someone but her identity was never revealed. The grieving mother had confirmed the dating news during an interview where she said,

“He had said to me that he had never met a woman that he felt that way about.”

Further, he was also planning on introducing his future wife to his family, especially his mom. He had decided on taking his new partner to meet his mom at her apartment on the occasion of his birthday, but sadly, life had other plans. Besides, Raymond Craig was never officially married to a wife.

How Did Raymond Craig Turner Die?

On 3rd July 2018, Craig was found dead at his California Studio City home. As per the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 59.

During this time, Tina was away at Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week. After the funeral, Raymond was cremated and his ashes were scattered off the California coast by his mother.

A few weeks after his untimely death, Tina shared a tweet with a picture of her on a boat.

Tina scattering her son Craig Turner's ashes.
Tina scattered Craig’s ashes.

Raymond Craig Turner’s Mother Passed away in 2023

The legendary queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll died at the age of 83 on May 24th, 2023. She took her last breath at her villa in Kusnacht, Switzerland.

Turner was battling numerous life-threatening diseases including high blood pressure which resulted in kidney failure and intestinal cancer. Apart from this, back in 2013, she had a stroke.

Prior to her death, A Fool in Love hitmaker also signed up for assisted suicide, a procedure that is legal in Switzerland. But her husband Erwin Bach refused the procedure and donated his kidney instead after which she underwent a transplant in 2017.

She once attempted Suicide

In 1968, after years and years of abuse from her husband, Ike, Tina attempted to end her life by overdosing on Valium pills.

She opened up about the huge step in her autobiography saying,

“It was my relationship with Ike that made me most unhappy. At first, I had really been in love with him. Look what he’d done for me. But he was totally unpredictable.”

However, she stayed with him for the next eight years before she finally left him. Moreover, Ike was later on diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Craig Turner’s Mother Tina Turner Opened Up About His Death After A Year

Though Raymond had already died, his mother only revealed his death a year later. During an interview with BBC, Tina talks about her son’s tragic end saying,

“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.”

Similarly, a year later, the mother of four opened up about Craig’s death with People saying he is in a good place. She said,

“I think Craig was lonely, that’s what I think really got him more than anything else,”

She further added,

“I have pictures all around of him smiling, and I think I’m sensing that he’s in a good place. I really do.”