The tributes and honors haven’t stopped since Tina Turner died at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, near Zurich, on May 24, after a long illness at the age of 83.
The queen of rock and roll spent the last 28 years of her life with her second husband of 10 years, Erwin Bach, who notably enjoyed the spoils of her success at their $76million mansion known as Villa Algonquin .
And while fans and celebrities share their respect and condolences with the Simply The Best singer, her passing has seemingly opened up another deep wound within her family.
Many family members are still mourning the loss of the singer’s two biological sons, Craig Turner and Ronnie Turner, since 2018, including the singer’s two adopted sons, Ike Turner Jr. and Michael Turner.
As it turns out, along with her beloved husband and sons Ike Jr. and Michael, whom she adopted as her own when she married Ike Turner, the iconic singer leaves behind two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. grandchildren – whom she never got to meet. during his lifetime, according to Page 6.
Family grief: Tina Turner, who died on May 24 at the age of 83, was unable to meet her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, according to Page Six
Some family members are still reeling from her death as they claim they never heard how sick she was in her final years.
“No one had heard from Tina in a while, it happened so suddenly,” said Twanna Turner, 63, who is Ike Turner’s daughter from his relationship with Tina’s high school friend. Pat Richard.
“It’s time to heal,” Twanna shared in an interview, adding, “The family really wants and needs to heal, they’ve been through so much and are still going through so much.”
Tina’s death also made headlines over her first marriage to Ike, which was plagued by accusations of violence and abuse by Tina after their 16-year union.
“When Tina passed away, all I could think of was ‘now the floodgates will be open on my dad. I couldn’t even mourn Tina,” she admitted, after only meeting Ike when she was 28 in 1987. have met.
Twanna would go on to share how her father always denied abusing Tina and never spoke negatively about her.
The wedding was depicted on the big screen in What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993), with Angela Bassett giving an Oscar-nominated ride as Tina, alongside Laurence Fishburne as Ike.
The singer wrote about his constant abuse during their relationship in his bestselling 1986 biography I, Tina, on which the biopics were based many years later.
Family tragedy: The iconic singer had two biological sons, both of whom have died since 2018, and two sons she adopted as her own who belonged to Ike from a previous relationship; Clockwise from bottom left: Michael Turner (son of Ike and Lorraine Taylor), Ike Turner, Jr. (son of Ike and Lorraine Taylor), Ike Turner, Craig Hill (son of Tina and Raymond Hill), Ronnie Turner (son of Ike & Tina) (1960 – 2022)
Tragic: Ike and Tina Turner had a biological son together, Ronnie, who died of colon cancer in December at the age of 62; the former couple had been married for 16 years and are seen in 1960
Referencing her father, who died in December 2007 at the age of 76, Twanna went on to say, “These two powerhouses were such an entity – there will never be another Ike and Tina.”
Tina’s (Anna Mae Bullock) first son, Raymond Craig, with saxophonist Raymond Hill, was born when she was just 18. Raymond, who went by Craig, took his own life in July 2018 at the age of 59, after a long history of struggling with drugs.
Tragedy would strike Tina again when her son Ronnie, her only biological child with ex-husband and famous musician Ike Turner, died of colon cancer at the age of 62. Ronnie’s passing left his widow, Afida Turner, to raise their two children as a single mother. .
Family sources revealed that Tina was unable to attend her funeral in Los Angeles, believed to be due to her failing health in the last years of her life.
In her memoir My Love Story (2018), the Simply The Best singer suffered from several life-threatening illnesses, including kidney failure, largely due to untreated high blood pressure since 1978, a stroke in 2013 and a diagnosis bowel cancer in 2016.
While Craig and Ike Jr. never had children, Michael has a daughter, Tiffany Turner-Dukes, who in turn has three children, Marli, and sons, Amari and Gianni, with her husband.
And although none of Tina’s three great-grandchildren through Michael have met her great-grandmother, the family says they all seem to have inherited the musical gene.
Ronnie also had children, Randy and Raquel, who never met their famous grandmother, as well as Raquel’s baby boys, Tyson and Tyrese.
In addition to her health issues, distance likely played a role in her inability to meet grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Between moving to Küsnacht. Switzerland in 1995, and suffering from several illnesses in her later years, traveling became very difficult for Tina; she was seen in New York in November 2019
Succession: A family member says Tina’s husband Erwin Bach is set to inherit nearly half of her estimated $250 million fortune, but added it’s still unclear who will inherit the rest of his estate, since his two biological sons were both deceased.
Tina Turner moved to Küsnacht in 1995 when Bach got a job running the Swiss offices of EMI Music in nearby Zurich.
They married in 2013, the same year Tina acquired Swiss citizenship and gave up her US passport.
She is said to have spent her final days relaxing and strolling in the scenic lakeside village with her husband, 67, who donated one of his kidneys to Tina when she needed a transplant in 2017.
The wife of Tina’s son Ronnie, Afida, argues Bach should inherit almost half of his estimated $250million fortune, but added it’s still unclear who will inherit the rest of his succession, as his two biological sons were both deceased.