Tina Turner mourns son’s tragic death: ‘You left the world far too early’

Tina Turner has paid tribute to her son, Ronald “Ronnie” Turner, who passed away suddenly Thursday at age 62.

“Ronnie, you left the world far too early. In sorrow I close my eyes and think of you, my beloved son,” the Grammy-winning singer wrote Friday in a caption for a black-and-white Instagram photo of herself, eyes closed, in a pensive pose.

Ronnie’s widow, Afida Turner, confirmed the news on Instagram on Friday. Paramedics had rushed to a home in the San Fernando Valley, where Ronnie was found struggling to breathe. Rescue workers attempted CPR, but he was pronounced dead.

Tina Turner is paying tribute to her "beloved" son, Ronald “Ronnie” Turner, who passed away Thursday at age 62. She is shown at left with Ronnie and his wife, Afida.
afida_turner/Instagram; Getty Images

The cause of death was not known, but Ronnie had reportedly suffered from various health issues, including cancer, in recent years.

Tina’s oldest son, Craig, died by suicide in 2018 at 59.23

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The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, who turned 83 on Nov. 26 and had four sons total, survived a lifetime of adversity, including an abusive relationship with ex-husband Ike Turner while they performed together in his rhythm and blues band, the Kings of Rhythm. Ike died in 2007 at age 76. 

The Tennessee-born “Proud Mary” songstress survived a stroke in 2013 and subsequently went through a kidney transplant four years later. In a 2021 documentary, simply titled “Tina,” she admitted she “didn’t spend a lot of time” with her sons. 

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