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Ronnie Turner, Youngest Son of Music Icons Tina and Ike Turner, Dead at 62

Photo Courtesy @afida_turner/Instagram
Ronnie Turner (middle) with his mother
Tina Turner (left) and wife Afida.
Ronnie Turner, the youngest son of legendary musicians Tina and Ike Turner, has died. He was 62.

The accomplished musician died Thursday (Dec. 8) morning outside a home in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley.

According to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department, paramedics rushed to his aid after receiving a 911 call reporting that he was struggling to breathe outside of the caller's home.

Efforts by bystanders, who were attempting CPR prior to their arrival, and the paramedics to revive Turner proved futile. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death triggered an outpouring of emotion online from his wife, French media personality and singer Afida, and his mother.

"My god Ronnie Turner a true angel, huge soul, highly spiritual. My husband, my best friend, my baby, your mummy, your nurse. I did the best to the end," Afida wrote on Instagram, alongside pictures she shared chronicling their relationship.

"This time I was not able to save you. Love you for 17 years this is very very very bad. I am very mad. This is a tragedy. You with your brother Craig and your father IKe and Aline. Rest in paradise. So unfair."

Tina Turner's Instagram post was succinct but powerful.

"Ronnie, you left the world far too early," the 83-year-old icon captioned a black-and-white picture of herself. "In sorrow I close my eyes and think of you, my beloved son."

Ronnie, who made his home in Encino, California, was born to the R&B power couple in 1960, and eventually pursued his own career in music. Prior to his father's death, he played bass in both of his parents’ bands at points. He also had his own group, Manufactured Funk.

Turner also had a small part in his mother's 1993 biopic "What's Love Got to Do with It."

Authorities did not give an official cause of death, but Afida, 45, revealed that her husband expired following a short and intense battle with cancer.

She said on Instagram Friday, that the cancer survivor had become sick very suddenly three weeks ago. This time his body could not beat the disease.

"Ronnie was a terrific musician and bass player," she wrote, adding that he had an 'amazing soul.' "F—k cancer."

Turner's death comes just four years after that of his older brother Craig, who committed suicide in 2018.

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