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Tragedy Strikes Tina Turner's Family

The legendary Tina Turner is living every parent's worst nightmare after the unexpected death of her eldest son, Craig Turner, this week.

The singer was just 18 when she and her boyfriend at the time, Kings of Rhythm saxophonist Raymond Hill, welcomed their firstborn. Craig was later adopted by Ike Turner after he and Tina tied the knot in 1962.

Despite having two celebrity parents, Craig had a turbulent childhood. Both he and his mom experienced abuse at the hands of Ike, who Tina divorced in 1967.

Ike and Tina pose with their children. Clockwise from bottom left: Michael, Tina, Ike Jr., Ronnie, Ike, and Craig. American Media Inc

Tina has been very open about the toll the abuse took on her and Craig. In May 2005, she told Oprah that Craig "was a very emotional kid."

"He’d always look down in sadness," she said. "One day when Ike was fighting me, Craig knocked on the door and said, ‘Mother, are you all right?’ I thought, ‘Oh, please, don’t beat me at home.’ I didn’t want my children to hear."

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Unfortunately, it seems like Craig never recovered from such a traumatic childhood. On July 3, TMZ reported that the 59-year-old real estate agent took his own life.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner revealed to People.com that Craig was found dead in his Studio City, California home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at 12:38 p.m.

The coroner's office confirmed that they will be performing an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.

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At the time of her son's death, Tina was in Paris, France attending Fashion Week shows. Hours before Craig passed, she was seen at the Giorgio Armani Privé Haute Couture show. She has yet to issue a statement addressing the sad news.

The "Proud Mary" singer has lived in Europe since 1995 with her German music executive husband, Erwin Bach. She gave up her American citizenship in 2013.

The devastating news comes just a couple of months after Tina launched a self-titled musical based on her life. The show depicts her life, from growing up in Nutbush, Tennessee to her tumultuous relationship with Ike, and her career as a rock 'n roll star.

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The "What's Love Got To Do With It" singer is also mother to another son, Ronnie Turner, whom she welcomed with Ike in 1960.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "HELP" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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