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Tina Turner

Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture – Giorgio Armani – Arrivals
Featuring: Tina Turner
Where: Paris, France
When: 03 Jul 2018
Credit: Jonathan Rebboah/News Pictures/
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In July, it was announced that Tina Turner’s eldest child, Craig, committed suicide. It was later confirmed by the L.A. coroner’s office that the 59-year-old’s cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

In a new interview with the Daily Mail, Tina, now 78, opened up about her immense loss and said she was finding comfort in the memories she has of her son.

”I handle it with acceptance,” she said. “I remember all the moments when he visited me here. Like all boys, he was a little bit of a pest, but he was still my son! I remember the good things and the bad.”

Craig actually shot himself with a gun that belonged to Tina’s late mother. When asked what she thought about that, she said, “That it was my mum’s gun, is what I think. It just means when she died, Craig took it, bought the bullets and planned his own death really well. He wanted to go. What I don’t know is why he would take his life so dramatically, that’s the mystery.”

She also addressed the type of mother she was to Craig when she was launching her career, alongside ex-husband Ike. When she had him, she was only 18. She said she wasn’t always as present as she wanted to be due to the demands of Ike, but she did the best she could.

“I think Craig grew up lonely, I think he missed his mother a lot,” she said. “I was away, always away, touring, in the early times and I blame Ike for not being able to be the mother I would have been. I think I was as good a mother as I could be under the circumstances. I believe I made it up to Craig somehow, later. I don’t feel bad about it because that was my reality then. I had no options.”

Tina originally opened up about her son’s death after scattering his ashes in late July.

“My saddest moment as a mother,” she said 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 fifty-nine when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby.”

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