Fans are remembering Tina Turner’s ex-husband and music collaborator Ike Turner after the ‘Queen of Rock & Roll’ died at age 83 – here’s a look at Ike’s net worth at the time of his death.
Ike and Tina Turner were the ’80s music world’s most famous names. The collaborators rose to fame together after Tina joined Ike’s band, the Kings of Rythm. The Proud Mary singer was only 16 years old and a high school student when she joined the band.
The musical duo was married for 16 years between 1962 to 1978. During the years of their professional and personal relationship, Ike and Tina produced many hit songs like Nutbush City Limits, River Deep – Mountain High, A Fool in Love, and more.
Tina went on to become one of the most celebrated singers to ever live. She also amassed a whopping net worth thanks to her ultra-successful career. However, Ike too is regarded as the pioneer of rock & roll music and he too gained a lot of wealth thanks to his talents.
Ike Turner’s net worth at death revealed
Celebrity Net Worth portal notes that Ike was worth $500,000 at the time of his death. Although his net worth pales in comparison to Tina’s, Ike too is regarded as a music legend.
He is best known as the pioneer of fifties rock & roll. The singer made his most successful music in collaboration with Tina. The duo’s first hit, A Fool in Love, came out in 1961, just a year before their marriage.
Workin’ Together (1970), Come Together (1970), The Soul of Ike and Tina Turner (1961), Feel Good (1972) are some of their most famous albums.
Like many musicians, Ike too had a rough childhood. His father, who was a Baptist Minister, died when Ike was just a child. He dropped out of school in eighth grade and began working as an elevator operator in a hotel.
In his teen years, Ike joined a group named Tophatters, which later split in two. As a result, the musician became the leader of a faction named Kings of Rythm.
It is well-known that Tina got her break into the world of music through Ike’s band. In 1960, the group’s lead singer, Art Lassiter, was supposed to record the mega-hit song A Fool in Love. When he failed to show up, Ike gave young Tina a chance, and the rest is history.
Tina’s ex-husband tragically died in 2007
Ike tragically died in 2007 at the age of 76 and his cause of death was ruled as a cocaine overdose.
The musician was found dead in December 2007 in his home in San Marcos near San Diego.
Reuters reports that Ike had a history of cocaine addiction for 30 years. The medical examiner reportedly revealed that the singer’s autopsy also showed a long history of cardiovascular disease and emphysema.
During his lifetime, Ike also multiple had run-ins with the law.
Ike and Tina shared only one biological son together
The musicians’ family was an unconventional one. Tina had a son named Craig Turner, whom she shared with Kings of Rythm band member Raymond Hill. Craig sadly passed away at the age of 59 in 2018, from an apparent suicide.
Ike, on the other hand, had two sons – Ike Jr. and Michael Turner – from his previous relationship. Together, Ike and Tina had one biological son, Ronnie Turner.
Ronnie was a musician just like his parents. He was a bass player in the band Manufactured Funk. He sadly passed away in 2022, a year before Tina’s death, due to complications of metastatic colon carcinoma.