Anna Mae Bullock has experienced all the pain a life can bring; born an unwanted child, abandoned by her mother and later abused by the man who made her a star, she is now facing what might be the greatest challenge a person can endure…
July 3rd was already a milestone day (1976-2013) in Tina’s life, it will now be stained by the most tragic news. It is with great sadness that we learned last night the passing of Craig Turner, Tina’s eldest son to whom she gave birth on August 20, 1958. The fruit of a love relationship between young Anna Mae and King’s of Rhythm musician Raymond Hill, Craig was living in L.A working in the real estate business and was very close to his mother. Over the years he sometimes worked for his legendary mom most notably during her massive tours, bringing him to every corner of the world.
I had the pleasure of exchanging a few emails with Mr. Turner over the years and he always replied with kindness and encouragement. And in spite of having one of the most famous people on earth as genitor, Craig never took advantage of this unusual situation. Tina described her oldest son as a very sensitive child, the violent scenes he and his brothers witnessed undoubtedly affected profoundly an already fragile soul.
There’s probably no greater pain than the loss of a child and fans are deeply affected by the news. I’d like to send my deepest and most sincere condolences to Miss Turner and her family in those painful moments and hope that Craig has found peace wherever he is.