Twanna Turner Melby is the daughter of Ike Turner. Twanna Turner’s father, Ike was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of 1950s rock and roll, he is best known for his work in the 1960s and 1970s with his then-wife Tina Turner as the leader of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue.
Twanna Turner Melby: Profile Summary
|Name||Twanna Turner Melby|
|Famous as||daughter of Ike Turner|
|Date of Birth||1959|
|Birthplace||United States of America|
|Age (as in 2021)||62 years old|
|Parents||Ike Turner – Father
Pat Richard – Mother
Twanna Turner Melby was born in 1959 though the exact date she was born is unknown. She was born and raised in the United States of America. She has American nationality. As of 2021, Twanna Turner Melby is 62 years old. Pat Richard is the name of her mother.
Twanna Turner Melby’s father, Turner claimed to have been married fourteen times. He often married another woman before divorcing his existing wife. Speaking on his early marriages, he said: “You gave a preacher $2, the papers cost $3, that was it. In those days blacks didn’t bother with divorces.”
In 1988, Turner discovered he had a daughter named Twanna Melby. He was paroled into her custody in 1991. Her mother, Pat Richard attended Sumner High school with Tina in St. Louis. It is still not clear if Twanna Turner Melby’s father and mother got married.
Twanna Turner Melby loved to spend more time during the weekend with her grandma, who lives in Bakersfield, California. There she learned Piano, dance lessons & attended school. There is no information about her educational background in the public.
Although Twanna Turner Melby is the only child known of her father and mother, Her father had 5 other children. Twanna Turner has 5 siblings, they are Mia Turner, Ike Turner Jr, Ronnie Turner, and Michael Turner.
Twanna Turner Melby’s brother, Ronnie Turner is an actor. Besides his acting career, Ronnie is also a real estate broker in Los Angeles, USA. He is said to be a talented musician and often played for his mother’s band and father’s band after their divorce.
Twanna Turner Melby’s father, Tina’s son Craig Turner with Raymond Hill was adopted by Twanna Turner Melby’s father and therefore carried his surname. Craig died in an apparent suicide in 2018.
Turner’s second wife Velma Davis (née Dishman) claimed that Turner was the father of her daughter, Linda Turner Bullock (b. 1949), but Turner denied that assertion in his autobiography (in which Velma is mistakenly referred to as Thelma): “I met Thelma Dishman, who, at that time, I thought was a pretty girl. Thelma was pregnant, not by me, but I liked her.”
Turner was first married at 16 years old to Edna Dean Stewart of Ruleville, Mississippi. They were married on April 10, 1948. Records show that Turner added four years to his age. Edna did not want to stay in Clarksdale, so she left Turner and returned to Ruleville.
Twanna Turner Melby’s father, Turner was raised a Baptist and reportedly converted to Judaism in 1994, but never spoke about it but much information is not available related to Twanna’s religious believes.
In 2005, Turner revealed he had been diagnosed with emphysema which required him to use an oxygen tank. Twanna Turner Melby’s half-sister Mia Turner said, “He was too weak from the emphysema to do anything. He’d go in the studio for a couple of minutes and play a couple of bars and say he had to go lay down.” Despite his ill health, he collaborated with Gorillaz on their album Demon Days and performed the track with them at the Manchester Opera House in November 2005.
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In the weeks leading up to his death, Turner became reclusive. On December 10, 2007, Twanna Turner Melby’s father told his assistant Falina Rasool that he believed he was dying and would not live until l Christmas. As he predicted, Turner died two days later, on December 12, at the age of 76, at his home in San Marcos, California. He was found dead by his former wife Ann Thomas. Rasool was also in the house and administered CPR. Turner was pronounced dead at 11:38 am.
His funeral was held on December 21, 2007, at the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, California. Among those who spoke at the funeral were Little Richard, Solomon Burke, and Phil Spector. The Kings of Rhythm played “Rocket 88” and “Proud Mary”. Turner was cremated after the funeral service.
On January 16, 2008, the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that Turner had died from a cocaine overdose. “The cause of death for Ike Turner is cocaine toxicity with other significant conditions, such as hypertensive cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema”, Supervising Medical Examiner Investigator Paul Parker told CNN.His daughter Mia was said to be surprised at the coroner’s assessment, believing his advanced stage emphysema was a bigger factor.
Twanna Turner Melby’s father, Ike died without a valid will. Less than a week after his death, his former wife Audrey Madison Turner filed a petition stating that he had penned a handwritten will naming her as a beneficiary. In 2009, a judge ruled that the handwritten will was invalid and that by law Turner’s children were the direct heirs of his estate.