Tina Turner Talks about Son Who Took His Life: 'I Think He Was Lonely'

Monica Otayza
Jul 02, 2019
06:44 A.M.

Tina Turner looks back at her five decades in the entertainment industry, opening up about her son's untimely death at one point in the interview. Her son, who took his own life at age 59, was allegedly lonely according to the singer.


After one of the most successful careers in the music industry, selling more than 200 million records, Tina Turner looks back at the most challenging times of her life off-stage, including the abuse she experienced from her husband, and the sudden death of her son.


Turner, 79, is now a citizen of Switzerland and is ready to retire there. In her memoir, "My Love Story," she shares the most intimate parts of her relationships and the life she's lived.

TIna's Lowkey Love Story

One point of the book shares the relationship she has with German record executive Erwin Bach, who is 16 years her junior. At the time, she was 46 and he was 30 years old when they met. Six years ago, they finally got married and she considers it the first time she's ever gotten married.


"When Ike asked me to marry him, I knew it was for a reason. But I had to say yes … or it was gonna be a fight. And so then, when we drove to marry, that wasn't my idea of my wedding."


After an extremely abusive and manipulative relationship, Tina finally had the courage to run away, literally bringing nothing with her just to escape.

Resting in Peace

While she eventually got over that turbulent time in her life, her retirement has tested her in so many ways, too. Last year, her son, Craig, took his own life. However, while this was one of the most painful things she's ever experienced, she is content knowing that her son is now at peace.


"I think Craig was lonely, that's what I think really got him more than anything else. I have pictures all around of him smiling, and I think I'm sensing that he's in a good place. I really do."

Aside from this, she's also suffered a stroke, intestinal cancer, and kidney failure. However, at the end of the day, she is content with her life, especially having a house that overlooks Lake Zurich.

"No. I have everything. When I sit at the Lake Zurich in the house that I have, I am so serene. No problems. I had a very hard life. But I didn't put blame on anything or anyone. I got through it, I lived through it with no blame. And I'm a happy person."

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