Tina Turner’s daughter-in-law posted a heartfelt tribute to her husband on Friday, after it was revealed that he had been found dead outside his Los Angeles home.
Ronnie Turner is said to have been found unresponsive by neighbors, whose efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, TMZ revealed Friday morning.
A cause of death has not been announced, and it remains unclear whether his death was related to his previous cancer diagnosis.
His famous mother, 83, has yet to comment on his death, but his wife, Afida has now posted a tribute to her late husband — sharing photos of the times they have spent together.
‘I did the best to the end this time,’ she wrote. ‘I was not able to save you.’
Ronnie’s death comes just four years after the singer’s older son, Craig, shot himself dead in July 2018. Turner gave birth to Craig when she was just 18, having gotten pregnant by saxophone player Raymond Hill.
Police were said to be first called to Ronnie’s home Thursday morning, when a person called to report that he was struggling to breathe outside their Los Angeles home.
Paramedics then rushed to the home in San Fernando Valley, where they found bystanders attempting CPR.
But their efforts ultimately failed, and Ronnie was pronounced dead at the scene.
On Friday, his grief-stricken wife posted a rambling tribute to her late-husband, whom she called a ‘true angel’ with a ‘huge soul who is ‘highly spiritual.’
She said he was her ‘best friend, my baby,’ while she was ‘your mummy, your nurse.’
‘Love you for this 17 years,’ Afida wrote, adding: ‘This is very, very, very bad, I am very mad.
‘This is a tragedy, [you] with your brother Craig and your father Ike Turner and Aline,’ she continued as she wished he would ‘rest in Paradise.’
‘So unfair,’ she concluded.
The couple wed in 2007, after Ronnie made a name for himself starring alongside his mom in the 1993 biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, which told the story of her life, and playing bass guitar for a number of her tours.
He also played in his own band, called Manufactured Funk.
He had previously faced a history of drug-related arrests, and was busted in August 1999 for possession of cocaine — with authorities alleging he was selling the drugs.
A Los Angeles judge set his bail at $45,000 at the time — noting he was convicted of possession of a controlled substance just two years earlier, as well as sale of a controlled substance in 1987 and possession of cocaine in 1988, RadarOnline reports.
Ronnie had to register as a narcotics offender in the aftermath, but was said to have failed to kick his addiction — even going as far as to kick his common-law wife and their two children out of his apartment when they tried to push him to stop taking drugs.
The family is said to have taken refuge in their car in the aftermath, with one insider saying at the time: ‘At night they all curled up in the back seat of the car and slept — while Ronnie was happily living in the family apartment paid for by Tina.’
Source: Daily Mail