R&B Singer Teena Marie Dies at 54

Celebrity News Dec. 27, 2010 AT 10:45AM
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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.

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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.

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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."

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