R&B Singer Teena Marie Dies at 54
R&B singer Teena Marie was found dead on Sunday at her California home, CNN reported.
Born Mary Christine Brockert, the 54-year-old singer and songwriter was found by her daughter after apparently dying in her sleep, manager Mike Gardner said.
The celebrated artist is most remembered for her songs "Lovergirl," "Portuguese Love," "Ooo La La La," and "I'm a Sucker for Your Love."
Nominated for four Grammy Awards, Marie was also known for her relationship with funk legend Rick James.
No cause of death has been released, however her publicist revealed that the singer suffered a grand mal seizure about a month ago.
Contemporary singers have reflected on Teena Marie's lasting influence on Twitter. Mary J. Blige wrote, "Rest in peace, Teena Marie, My love for u is forever." Sheila E said, "I will miss my girl Teena Marie, Real music by real people. God bless my sistah and her family. U will be missed."