Deborah Beardsley, office administrator for Rodeo Realty in Studio City, said Craig Turner started working with the firm about two years ago. She said the 59-year old was a very private individual, who kept quiet about his famous mother.
“Just because you grow up in a glamorous show biz family, it doesn’t mean you led a very happy life as a kid,” Beardsley told Radar.
Turner was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Studio City, Calif. apartment on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.
Craig was the son of Tina and saxophonist Raymond Hill. The “Proud Mary” singer had him when she was just 18, and she married Ike Turner. Once Tina and Ike wed, Ike adopted Craig.
“He was so sweet and such a kind-heated man,” Beardsley said about the singer’s son. “He usually kept to himself, so he was a very private man.”
She recalled a funny conversation they had at work. “We shared a few private moments here in our kitchen and once he heard me singing. He asked me if I had been a singer. He did not know that I knew who his mom was. I said to him, 'I use to be a backup singer back in the day.' He said to me, ‘I bet you can sing,’ and I said, ‘My dad always told me I reminded him of a white Tina Turner.’ I swear to God! I said that to him, not letting him know I knew about his mom. He just smiled and snickered and I just told him, ‘I’m just sayin!’ He was such a sweet man."
Beardsley told Radar Turner would always appear during the company’s weekly Tuesday meetings, but there was no meeting today because of the Fourth of July holiday. She said Turner did not look bothered or distraught during their last meeting.
Beardsley said she spoke to one of Turner’s friends today after hearing about the sad news. The woman told Beardsley that Turner use to sell shoes: “He would always tell me, ‘I love these shoes you are wearing.’ I just found out today when his best friend’s wife called, that he used to sell shoes a long time ago. I shared that with her and I said, ’No wonder.’ She said he had a good eye for shoes because he used to sell shoes a long time ago.”
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