Anyone who believes mental illness is not a major threat to our society deserves a spot in the Funny Pages. Yet again another life has been claimed to suicide. This time the tragedy hits a dearly loved and revered artist, Tina Turner, as her oldest son, Craig, committed suicide. Apparently he was found in his home dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Tina Turner, Ike Turner, and her their sons. Craig is in the top row to the right of his father
Craig is Tina’s oldest son and first child. She had him with saxophonist, Raymond Hill, when she was just eighteen years old. He was adopted by her ex-husband, Ike Turner, when they wed in 1962.
Craig worked as a real estate agent in California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Just hours before her son took his own life, Tina attended Giorgio Armani Privé Haute Couture fashion show in Paris, France, as part of the Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week.
The iconic singer has lived in Europe since 1995 with her German record-executive husband Erwin Bach. In 2013, she relinquished her American citizenship.
Tina has been open about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Craig’s adoptive father, Ike, who died in 2007.
In May 2005, Tina revealed to Oprah that it particularly took a toll on Craig, who “was a very emotional kid.”
There are few pains greater than the loss of a child. We are sending our prayers and thoughts to Tina Turner during this tragic time. As always we encourage each of you to do your part. If you, or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please alert the proper authorities and/or call 1-800-273-8255, the American National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Remember you are NOT alone and people do care. Suicide is NEVER an option. YOU MATTER!