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Tina Turner’s Emotional “Final Goodbye” To Her Late Son

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There are few things in life as tragic as a parent saying goodbye to their child.

While we like to imagine they have perfectly happy lives, even famous celebrities have lost children.

Legendary musician Tina Turner, 78, is just the latest, and she remembered her late son in a moving ceremony last week.

"He’d always look down in sadness."

Craig Turner
Craig Turner - Facebook

New broke earlier this month that Craig Turner, 59, Turner's eldest son, had died.

The real estate agent was found dead in his Studio City, California home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His death was ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles Country Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, but an autopsy is still scheduled.

Turner was just 18 when she gave birth to Craig, her only child with Kings of Rhythm saxophonist Raymond Hill.

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Ike and Tina Turner pose with their blended family. Craig is at top right.Michael Ochs Archive

He was adopted by Tuner's husband, Ike, after their marriage in 1962, and took the family name.

But Turner admitted that Craig had a distressing childhood living with Ike, a notorious abuser.

"They saw the black eyes," she told Oprah Winfrey about her children in 2005. "Ike's children never reacted, but my oldest son, Craig, was a very emotional kid."

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Craig graduated high school before Turner divorced Ike.Tina Turner - Twitter

"He’d always look down in sadness. One day when Ike was fighting me, Craig knocked on the door and said, ‘Mother, are you all right?’" she remembered.

"I thought, ‘Oh, please, don’t beat me at home.’ I didn’t want my children to hear."

"My saddest moment as a mother."

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Craig Turner - Facebook

Turner, who now lives in Switzerland, was attending the Haute Coutoure Paris Fashion Week when Craig passed away.

The singer has been married to German music producer Erwin Bach since 1995.

But she returned to America for an emotional memorial ceremony in Craig's honor, scattering his ashes during a boat trip off the California coast.

Tina Turner - Twitter

Turner is surrounded by friends, family, and her husband in a photo she shared of the ceremony.

"My saddest moment as a mother," she captioned the image on Twitter.

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 59 when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby.

Turner has three surviving children: her son Ronnie, from her marriage to Ike, and two adopted children from Ike's previous marriage, Ike Jr. and Michael.

If you are considering suicide, or believe someone you know is, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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