Ike Wister Turner's Memorial

Ike Wister Turner
(1931 - 2007)


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Name: Mr Ike Wister Turner
Gender: Male
Age: 76 years old
Lived: Thursday, 5 November 1931 - Wednesday, 12 December 2007

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Ike Wister Turner was an American musician, bandleader, talent scout, and record producer, best known for his work with his former wife Tina Turner as one half of the Ike & Tina Turner duo. Spanning a career that lasted half a century, Ike's repertoire included blues, soul, rock, and funk. Alongside his former wife, he was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and in 2001 was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Turner died at 76 years old at his home in San Marcos, California, near San Diego.

Turner is said to have been married 14 times but he has only been known to have married four times publicly. Turner's first marriage was to Lorraine Taylor, who had two sons with Ike. The facts surrounding his second marriage, to Anna Mae Bullock (otherwise known as Tina Turner), has been hotly debated. It is believed that Ike married Tina in 1962 due to worries over being sued for child support and alimony payments by Taylor. The ceremmony is claimed to have taken place in Tijuana, Mexico, and Tina had a son with Ike. However, their marriage was overshadowed by Ike's constant abuse towards her. Eventually, Tina left him after an especially violent dispute which escalated while riding to a hotel before a show in Dallas in 1976. Tina later filed for divorce and it was finalized in 1978 with Ike keeping every asset attained during the marriage. Ike is said to have openly cheated on Tina with other women, one of which was former Ikette Ann Thomas, whom he had a baby by and whom he later married in 1981. In 1995, he married yet another Ikette, Jeanette Bazzell. Ike has four known children: sons, Ike Jr., Michael and Ronald and daughter, Mia.

Turner has attributed many problems off the stage to his drug and alcohol addiction and intense use of cocaine, resulting in his abusive behavior and relationship with his wife and children. Since being released from prison in 1993, Turner had maintained sobriety and continued playing music.

On October 17, 2007, in a telephone interview conducted by satellite radio personality, Howard Stern, Ike claimed that he and Tina Turner were never actually married, though he did not explain why they shared the same last name.

Jeanette Bazzell Turner reported that he had died from emphysema.

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Fathers Name: Izear Luster Turner
Mothers Name: Beatrice Cushenberry
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: California
Occupation: Entertainment
Marital Status: Divorced


Favourite Music Genre: Rock
Favourite Artist: Tina Turner


Place of Passing: San Marcos, California
Date of Passing: 12 December 2007
Cause of Passing: Emphysema
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