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Legendary Soul Singer Teena Marie Dead At 54, Dies At Home In Her Sleep


Legendary soul singer Teena Marie aka Lady T, born Mary Christine Brockert, 54, a protégée of the late funk legend Rick James, was found dead on Sunday at her California home by her daughter, reps have confirmed.

The singer’s death was announced by her manager Mike Gardner and the cause of death has not been disclosed but it is believed to have been from natural causes.

According to CNN, on last month, Teena Marie’s publicist Lynn Jete stated that she suffered a grand mal seizure and was taken to the hospital. On the way to the hospital, she allegedly suffered from a second seizure.

On Saturday, Jete stated that Teena Marie was anticipating her performance on Saturday in Atlanta which would have been her first performance since suffering from the grand mal seizure.

Teena Marie leaves behind her daughter Alia Rose who sings under the stage name Rose Le Beau.

Teena Marie is most known for her song “Lovergirl” (1984) and for collaboration with Rick James titled “Fire and Desire.” Lovergirl peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March, 1985.

The singer was last signed to Stax/Concord Records (2009–2010). Her previous labels include Ca$h Money Classics/Universal Records (2004–2007), Epic/CBS Records (1983–1990), Epic/CBS Records (1983–1990) and Gordy Records (1976–1982).

Photo of Teena Marie Performance at Jazz Festival

Video: Teena Marie – Lovergirl

Rick James and Teena Marie Live

Rick James & Teeena Marie – Fire & Desire

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