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Tina Turner's son, Ronnie, passes away at age 62

By Sarah May
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December 12, 2022

Tragic news emerged from the West Coast Friday when it was revealed that Ronnie Turner, 62, son of music industry legend Tina Turner, was found dead at his California home, as the Daily Mail reports.

Turner was reportedly found unresponsive by neighbors outside his Los Angeles-area home, and efforts to resuscitate him proved unsuccessful, according to TMZ.

Cancer to blame

Reports indicated that police arrived at Turner's residence Thursday morning after a caller reported that an individual was outside their home experiencing difficulty breathing, as the Daily Mail noted.

Paramedics arrived to find bystanders working on Turner, attempting to perform CPR, and sadly, all efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead.

Though Turner's cause of death was not immediately apparent, on Friday, Afida Turner, wife of the deceased, posted words of tribute to her late husband on Instagram, which suggested a swiftly fatal battle with cancer was to blame for his demise.

“Ronnie got sick in 3 weeks F*** cancer,” she wrote.

The distraught widow described her late spouse and “best friend” as “a true angel,” a “huge soul,” and “highly spiritual” and indicated that they had been together for 17 years.

Life of ups and downs

According to the Daily Mail, Turner first gained fame in the early 90s after appearing with his mega-star mother in the film What's Love Got to Do With It, which chronicled her often-tumultuous, yet triumphant life.

Turner also enjoyed success as a bass guitar player, traveling on tour with his mom on numerous occasions, and by performing in a band of his own, Manufactured Funk.

Those achievements were tempered, however, by Turner's history of substance abuse and drug convictions, failings that led to familial strife with his then-common-law wife and their children.

An insider reportedly described the situation faced by Turner's immediate family at the time by saying, “At night they all curled up in the back seat of the car and slept – while Ronnie was happily living in the family apartment paid for by Tina.”

Despite his rocky past, Ronnie Turner's world-famous mother took to Instagram Friday to express her sadness over his death, writing, as the New York Post noted, “Ronnie, you left the world far too early. In sorrow, I close my eyes and think of you.”

Tragic family history

The death of Ronnie Turner is just the latest tragedy to befall his mother Tina, who lost another son under very sad circumstances back in 2018, as People reported at the time.

Craig Turner, then 59, was discovered dead that summer in his California home after having sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Speaking to BBC News later that year, Tina Turner remained baffled by her son's decision to take his own life, suggesting that he had appeared happy in personal and professional realms just prior to his death.

“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,” Turner stated.

Perseverance personified

Considering all of the rough-and-tumble traumas and personal tragedies that have characterized her life and times, Tina Turner, now 83, has described the process of finding ultimate contentment later in life with longtime partner Erwin Bach.

“I'm happier than I've ever been in my life. I'm happier than I ever thought that life would become for me,” Turner has said. “So that means that most of my hardships came while I was young and growing up,” she added, though the loss of yet another son at a relatively young age may well diminish that joy for quite some time.