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Tina Turner opened up to the BBC News on Friday about the tragic suicide of her son, Craig Turner.

The eight-time Grammy award-winner still can’t wrap her head around what compelled her son to take his life. She says he had so much going for himself – having found a new job and even a new love.

“I still don’t know what took him to the edge because at that stage he had said to me that he had never met a woman that he felt that way about,” she said, “He was bringing her to meet me [for] his birthday in August. He had decorated his apartment that I bought him years ago. He had gotten a new job with a prominent real estate company in California, [which] he was very happy with.”

Here’s what Page Six reports:

At the time of the death, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office told Fox News that Craig Turner died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Studio City, California. He was 59.

The 78-year-old music icon said in the interview that she suspects her son, who typically was a loner himself, suffered from loneliness before his death.

“I think it was something with being alone. But when I think that, why didn’t he call the new girlfriend that give him the lift?” she lamented. “He was an introverted person. He was very shy, so I didn’t know either, except now when I listen back to our last conversations, I notice a change. The last few times we talked, the conversations were different, and I didn’t know that until after the suicide.”

Despite Craig’s unexpected death, Turner said she isn’t worried about her own mortality and intends to “be around for a while.”

“Death is not a problem for me,” she said before adding; “I really don’t mind leaving.”


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