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Tina Turner’s son was sentenced to prison before his death
June 25, 2023
Ike Turner Jr., the son of the late Tina Turner and ex-husband Izear Luster “Ike” Turner, was put behind bars shortly before his mother’s death. The 64-year-old was booked into a Texas jail after being arrested and charged with drug possession and tampering with evidence.
This update joins the many storylines of the Turners’ struggles with drug abuse, with Tina becoming addicted to drugs she initially used to cope with the physical and emotional abuse she experienced during her relationship with Ike. In 2008, the San Diego County Medical Examiner also ruled her ex’s death a cocaine overdose.
Ike Turner Jr. was arrested on drug possession charges weeks before Tina Turner’s death
Two-time Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Tina died on Wednesday, May 24, leaving behind an incredible musical legacy and family concerns. One such problem was her son’s drug habit, which became so prevalent that 18 days before he died at the age of 83, he ended up in a jail cell in Alvin, Texas.
PEOPLE confirms in an exclusive report that Ike Jr. was arrested on Saturday, May 6, and has since been charged with possession of crack cocaine and tampering with evidence. Alvin police stopped the talent scout at a traffic light at 200 N. 6th St. at 12:09 a.m. on the aforementioned day because the tail light on the white 2013 Ford Fusion he was driving was out.
The paraphernalia violation escalated when authorities noticed him trying to consume drugs in his possession, then seized 1.7 grams of crack cocaine and 0.7 grams of methamphetamine. In the words of Captain QT Arendell of the Alvin Police Department:
“He tried to eat the drug before the police could take it from him.”
The office also pointed out that Jessica Salinas-Esquivel, the passenger at the time, was also arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine. Ike Jr. hasn’t yet posts $70,000 bail for his release.
The sad news comes almost a month after Tina’s daughter-in-law Afida Turner revealed the personal heartache and pain the Queen of Rock’n’Roll has caused as a mother. As it turns out, she tragically outlived two of her four children – three of whom were Ike’s sons, whom she adopted during their romance.
His adopted son, Craig Raymond, committed suicide in 2018, and his only biological son, Ronnie, had been battling colon cancer for five months before his death. The Blast noted this Afida revealed that the ‘We Don’t Need Another Hero’ hitmaker has been dealing with the pain of losing Craig and Ronnie for years as she struggles with her failing health.
Still, the “Nutbush City Limits” singer relied on her Buddhist faith, and her daughter-in-law took comfort in the belief that Tina was now reunited with her late children. As he stated:
“They never had time to spend together and now all three are together.”
The author of “I, Tina: My Life Story” talked about neglecting her health problems
The death of the multi-Grammy award-winning singer was followed by many comments and speculations about the cause of her death. One of the most common assumptions was that his long battle with kidney problems led to his death.
Per The Blast, actress Angela Bassett, voice actor in the 1993 film “What’s Love Got To with It,” revealed in March that her kidney problems are related to the high blood pressure she was diagnosed with. in 1978.
On the occasion of this year’s World Kidney Day, he touched on the topic and wrote on social media: “Show your kidneys some love! They deserve it. My kidneys are a victim of not realizing that my high blood pressure should have been treated with traditional medicine.”
“I put myself in great danger because I refused to face the reality that I needed daily drug therapy for the rest of my life. For too long, I thought my body was an untouchable and indestructible fortress,” said the NAACP Image Award winner.
Before her discovery, Tina shared that she wanted to be remembered as a female pioneer of Rock’n’Roll and an inspiration to other women who “want to succeed on their own terms.” He added that he is not afraid of dying, saying that he is ready to “embrace and accept each day with what it brings.”