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One of the most soulful voices of R & B music has died. Teena Marie, 54 years old, died in her sleep last night. Lynn Jeter, Teena's rep, has confirmed the news to media outlets. Her daughter, whose birthday was on Christmas day and just turned 19, found her body earlier this morning. So sad.
We are being told that Teena had a mild seizure within the past month.
"Luckily, someone was there,"Jeter said of that seizure. "The ambulance took her to the hospital, and on the way she had another seizure."
Teena Marie's career took off when under another R & B Legend's wing, the late great Rick James. Teena was Rick's protege and his duet partner for "Fire & Desire" and her major hit "Lovergirl" back in the 80's. She was the white girl who could sing "R & B" and helped break down color barriers in her time.
As soon as we can confirm How Marie died, we will pass it on.
Rest in Peace Teena. Thank you for the music and the soundtrack to many lives you have provided. Say hello to Rick for us. We send out heartfelt prayers and condolences to Teena Marie's family and friends at this time....-Dr.FB
UPDATE: Accorring to reports by Pasadena Paramedics, it appears that Teena Marie died of natural causes........
i have always been a very huge fan of teena marie. i can't stop playing ur beautiful music r.i.p. baby i will miss u 4-ever. please hing-in there aliya i know what it feels like to not have a mother or a child anymore.
@Qaid - I was about to say the same thing, my intuition told me different from just natural causes. Basically, her life was cut too short. She was only 54, which, in my opinion, is still considered a young age.
RIP Teena. I lost my Dad and Mother-N-Law both on Christmas Eve 4 days ago. Condolences to Teena's family. What a way to end the Decade....
Teena had major health issues since a wall picture fell on her while she was laying in bed. Not long after Rick James passed. Her health was never the same after that. She continued to have seizures and became addicted to pain killers & suicidal. There was talk recently of her retiring. But I guess she changed her mind. Hopefully her legacy will continue. She is an artist I always felt would be more appreciated after she is gone. i always felt she was the female Prince. She was that talented and never got her dues or respect like Mariah Carey or Madonna. She should have been just as big as them.....R.I.P LADY TEE
'Natural Causes' ... Um ... I dont' think so. How could/can someone die of natural causes and only be 54 ??? Now if she was 94, then that would be inclined to believe it. A seizure is 'not' natural. Thanks for the news Doc ...
yeah I first seen the link from CNN on FB....she was tweeting on her twitter not too long ago, and then all of a sudden, bam, she's gone...RIP