The Turner family has lost a beloved member.
Ronnie Turner, the youngest son of legendary singer Tina Turner and the late Ike Turner, has died at the age of 62. Ronnie’s wife, Afida Turner, confirmed his passing in a touching post, calling her husband “a true angel.”
“I did the best to the end this time I was no[t] able to save you,” she wrote alongside a Dec. 9 Instagram post of the pair with his mom Tina. “Love you for… 17 years this is very very very bad and I am very mad,” she wrote in the caption of the post. “This is a tragedy u with your brother Craig and your father Ike Turner and Aline rest in paradise… So unfair.”
Tina later posted on Instagram, saying Ronnie “left the world far too early.”
Though his parents were famous musicians, Ronnie entered the acting world, making an appearance in the 1993 film, “What’s Love Got to Do With It” (the autobiographical film based on the life of his mom and the tumultuous relationship with her husband, Ike).
Ronnie’s passing comes just four years after Tina’s oldest son, Craig, (whose father was the late saxophonist Raymond Hill) died by suicide at the age of 59 in July 2018.
“My saddest moment as a mother,” Tina tweeted alongside a photo of her holding a rose over the ocean. “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 was fifty-nine when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby.”
In addition to Craig and Ronnie, the Grammy winner also adopted two of Ike’s children, Ike Jr., 64, and Michael, 63.
In the 2021 HBO Max documentary, “Tina,” the singer—who has been living in Switzerland with husband Erwin Bach since 1995—reflected on her early days of motherhood, sharing that she “didn’t spend a lot of time” with her sons after her 1978 divorce from Ike was finalized.
“I suffered but Ike didn’t,” she said, per an excerpt published by Fox News. “It was my pain because I wanted more time.”
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