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Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 26, 2010, 09:06:35 PM
'Lovergirl' Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54
42 minutes ago by TMZ Staff  


Grammy nominated singer Teena Marie -- once known as Rick James' protégée -- died in her sleep last night at the age of 54 ... TMZ has confirmed with Teena's rep Lynn Jeter.



So far it's unclear what caused the singer's death.

Marie was nominated for a Grammy four times ... her first top ten hit was "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love."

Story developing...
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 26, 2010, 09:11:59 PM
This sounds highly suspicious...
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 26, 2010, 09:15:27 PM
Yeah..they confirmed it on radio... :o =[ Man, this is so sad.  R.I.P., you will be missed, Teena. =[  :(

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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

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'Lovergirl' Singer Teena Marie Dies: Report

UPDATE II: CNN, for whom Martin works, is also reporting that Marie's manager confirms the passing.

UPDATE: Martin reports that Marie's manager told him that Marie's daughter found her dead in her home today, and that she suffered a seizure last month. To follow the story, head over to Martin's Twitter feed.

According to Roland Martin, R&B singer Teena Marie has passed away at the age of 54. Martin cites Marie's manager, Mike Gardner.

RadioFacts.com was the first to report the news; they sent along the link toPhiladelphia radio station WDAS.

Born Marie Christine Brockert, Teena Marie rose to prominence in the late 70s and 80s, striking a musical and personal partnership with funk legend Rick James. She released 13 studio albums, six of which went platinum on the US R&B chart. Two of her albums went platinum, and six altogether were gold.

Marie's biggest hit came in 1984 with her single 'Lovergirl,' which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 26, 2010, 09:20:12 PM
Also Jackie Jackson tweeted about it
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 26, 2010, 10:02:14 PM
Yes, she will be missed. I love Teena Marie. I have been following her music for a long time. RIP.
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 26, 2010, 10:49:21 PM
i dont think i heard of her
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 26, 2010, 11:02:29 PM
RIP LADY T.
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 26, 2010, 11:05:53 PM
I never heard of her too. :( I looked her up though and she was in Motown with Berry Gordy.
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 27, 2010, 12:53:48 AM
This is just so sad.

She was with Epic Records from 1983 - 1990.

So Motown, then Epic...sounds familiar...

Plus, her seventh album was called Emerald City!  :shock:
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 27, 2010, 08:12:40 AM
Died in her sleep at 54. That's just sad. Too sad.
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 27, 2010, 08:49:08 AM
They also stated that she had just started to overcome a long battle to PAIN MEDICATIONS!! OMG! So.....I suppose we will wait on the autopsy report. On X-mas day how sad right? :(

When I heard PAIN MEDICATIONS ADDICTION I am like......wow. I know our beloved MJ battled them at one point in his life. BUt......How do people get addicted to them? I mean how do they make you feel ? Sleepy right?????? :cry: We are losing too many to this type of thing seriously.
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 27, 2010, 09:01:34 AM
Weird...

RIP Teena
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 27, 2010, 09:45:45 AM
I have never herd of her either but i live in the uk
very sad though
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 27, 2010, 10:13:42 AM
Wow.  she was my girl. No joke.  RIP Lady T :cry:
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 27, 2010, 11:28:59 AM
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They also stated that she had just started to overcome a long battle to PAIN MEDICATIONS!! OMG! So.....I suppose we will wait on the autopsy report. On X-mas day how sad right? :(

When I heard PAIN MEDICATIONS ADDICTION I am like......wow. I know our beloved MJ battled them at one point in his life. BUt......How do people get addicted to them? I mean how do they make you feel ? Sleepy right?????? :cry: We are losing too many to this type of thing seriously.

I was on a low dose last year. They made me tingly and knocked me out for the first 5 days or so. After that, they actually made me jittery and kept me up. So, I stopped taking them. Maybe that's how people get hooked. Maybe they start taking more to get that initial feeling? I don't know.

All it took was 2 nights of being up most of the night for me to say I'm done. My pain had subsided quite a bit those 2 nights they made me jittery. So, maybe they only work when you are in fact in severe pain? I don't know.
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 27, 2010, 12:02:02 PM
This news breaks my heart.  Teena was the real deal and you could feel the power of her spirit.  I always enjoyed her sound and perfect pitch.  

A little story:  On Christmas Day I  listened to one of Teena Marie's albums and this song, "If I Were A Bell".    I listened to a real album, not CD, on my new phonograph that Santa brought me.  :)   It's one of those phonographs they make now with turntable for 33's, 45's and 78's (!)  a real radio -- with dial (no digital), CD player, cassette player and hook-up for ipod.  I have tons of albums and 45's and I still love the sound of a record on vinyl.  I have so many J5 and MJ albums including the first original, Diana Ross presents...
Anyway,  the first album I played was Teena's as I just happened to pull it from my cabinet first -- totally serendipitous but I love the album.  I was wondering what had happened to Teena.  I'm so sorry that this is the answer.  God bless you, Teena.

I'm praying for her daughter and family.


[youtube:1klsqoq4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHcB0c6BeMs&feature=related[/youtube:1klsqoq4]
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 27, 2010, 12:54:45 PM
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Teena Marie, known as 'Ivory Queen of Soul,' dies
AP, Dec 27, 2010 4:44 am PST
 
Teena Marie's last album, "Congo Square," was titled after a historical meeting place for slaves in New Orleans, featured a tribute to Martin Luther King's widow and also song "Black Cool," written for President Barack Obama.
No matter that Marie, 54, was white. The R&B legend revered and fully immersed herself in black culture — and in turn was respected and adored by black audiences, not only for her immense soulful talents, but for her inner soul as well..

"Overall my race hasn't been a problem. I'm a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what's in your own soul," she told Essence.com in an interview last year while promoting "Congo Square." That album would turn out to be her last..

The self-proclaimed "Ivory Queen of Soul," whose many classic hits included "Lovergirl," Square Biz" and the scorching duet "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James, was found dead in her Pasadena home on Sunday at the age of 54. Authorities said her death appeared to be of natural causes..

In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Teena Marie said she had successfully battled an addiction to prescription drugs; she had been performing over the last year..

"The enduring influence of Teena's inspirational, trailblazing career, could only have been made possible through her brilliant song-writing, showmanship and high energy passion which laid the ground work for the future generations of R&B, hip-hop, and soul," said Concord Music Group chief label officer, Gene Rumsey; Concord's Stax Records released her last album..

"We feel extremely fortunate to have worked with a visionary who changed music in indelible ways. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends and of course, millions of fans around the world.".

Marie certainly wasn't the first white act to sing soul music, but she was arguably among the most gifted and respected, and was thoroughly embraced by black audiences, and beyond..

Even before she started her musical career, she had a strong bond with the black community, which she credited to her godmother. She gravitated to soul music and in her youth decided to make it her career..

Marie made her debut on the legendary Motown label back in 1979, becoming one of the very few white acts to break the race barrier of the groundbreaking black-owned record label that had been a haven for black artists like Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, the Supremes and Marvin Gaye..

The cover of her debut album, "Wild and Peaceful," did not feature her image, with Motown apparently fearing black audiences might not buy it if they found out the songstress with the dynamic, gospel-inflected voice was white..

"(Motown founder Berry) Gordy) said that is was so soulful that he wanted to give the music an opportunity to stand on its own merit. Instead of my face, they put a seascape, so by the time my second album came out people were like, Lady T is White?" she told Essence.com..

Marie was the protege of the masterful funk wizard James, with whom she would have long, turbulent but musically magical relationship..

Marie notched her first hit, "I'm A Sucker for Your Love," with the help of James on that album. But the time her second album was released, her face was known — and on the cover of the record. But there was not a backlash — she would only get more popular on her way to becoming one of R&B's most revered queens. During her tenure with Motown, the singer-songwriter and musician produced passionate love songs and funk jam songs like "Need Your Lovin'," "Behind the Groove.".

Marie's voice was the main draw of her music: Pitch-perfect, piercing in its clarity and wrought with emotion, whether it was drawing from the highs of romance or the mournful moments of a love lost. But her songs, most of which she had a hand in writing, were the other major component of her success..

Tunes like "Cassanova Brown" "Portuguese Love" and "Deja Vu (I've Been Here Before)" featured more than typical platitudes on love and life, but complex thoughts with rich lyricism. "Deja vu" was a song about reincarnation..

And "Fire and Desire," a duet with James about a former couple musing about their past love, was considered a musical masterpiece and a staple of the romance block on radio stations across the country..

Marie left Motown in 1982 and her split became historic: She sued the label and the legal battle led to a law preventing record labels from holding an artist without releasing any of their music..

She went to Epic in the 1980s and had hits like "Lovergirl" and "Ooo La La La" but her lasting musical legacy would be her Motown years..

Still, she continued to record music and perform. In 2004 and 2006 she put out two well-received albums on the traditional rap label Cash Money Records, "La Dona" and "Sapphire.".

James, who had a romantic relationship with Marie but also a long friendship, died in 2004. His death shook her so she said she became addicted to Vicodin, which she had been taking for pain, for about a year..

But Marie said she successfully battled that addiction.In 2008, she talked about her excitement of being honored by the R&B Foundation..

Marie was the mother of a teenage daughter who was budding singer; she would sometimes bring her daughter onstage to sing during her shows..

In 2009, she celebrated 30 years in the recording industry, and planned for many more..

"All in all, it's been a wonderful, wonderful ride," she told The Associated Press in 2008. "I don't plan on stopping anytime soon."
[youtube:1xyutro8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPikYsi6_zU[/youtube:1xyutro8]
RIP Teena and Rick. :(

My all time favorite song.

Peace
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 27, 2010, 09:04:09 PM
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Teena Marie, known as 'Ivory Queen of Soul,' dies
AP, Dec 27, 2010 4:44 am PST
 
Teena Marie's last album, "Congo Square," was titled after a historical meeting place for slaves in New Orleans, featured a tribute to Martin Luther King's widow and also song "Black Cool," written for President Barack Obama.
No matter that Marie, 54, was white. The R&B legend revered and fully immersed herself in black culture — and in turn was respected and adored by black audiences, not only for her immense soulful talents, but for her inner soul as well..

"Overall my race hasn't been a problem. I'm a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what's in your own soul," she told Essence.com in an interview last year while promoting "Congo Square." That album would turn out to be her last..

The self-proclaimed "Ivory Queen of Soul," whose many classic hits included "Lovergirl," Square Biz" and the scorching duet "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James, was found dead in her Pasadena home on Sunday at the age of 54. Authorities said her death appeared to be of natural causes..

In an interview with The Associated Press last year, Teena Marie said she had successfully battled an addiction to prescription drugs; she had been performing over the last year..

"The enduring influence of Teena's inspirational, trailblazing career, could only have been made possible through her brilliant song-writing, showmanship and high energy passion which laid the ground work for the future generations of R&B, hip-hop, and soul," said Concord Music Group chief label officer, Gene Rumsey; Concord's Stax Records released her last album..

"We feel extremely fortunate to have worked with a visionary who changed music in indelible ways. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends and of course, millions of fans around the world.".

Marie certainly wasn't the first white act to sing soul music, but she was arguably among the most gifted and respected, and was thoroughly embraced by black audiences, and beyond..

Even before she started her musical career, she had a strong bond with the black community, which she credited to her godmother. She gravitated to soul music and in her youth decided to make it her career..

Marie made her debut on the legendary Motown label back in 1979, becoming one of the very few white acts to break the race barrier of the groundbreaking black-owned record label that had been a haven for black artists like Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, the Supremes and Marvin Gaye..

The cover of her debut album, "Wild and Peaceful," did not feature her image, with Motown apparently fearing black audiences might not buy it if they found out the songstress with the dynamic, gospel-inflected voice was white..

"(Motown founder Berry) Gordy) said that is was so soulful that he wanted to give the music an opportunity to stand on its own merit. Instead of my face, they put a seascape, so by the time my second album came out people were like, Lady T is White?" she told Essence.com..

Marie was the protege of the masterful funk wizard James, with whom she would have long, turbulent but musically magical relationship..

Marie notched her first hit, "I'm A Sucker for Your Love," with the help of James on that album. But the time her second album was released, her face was known — and on the cover of the record. But there was not a backlash — she would only get more popular on her way to becoming one of R&B's most revered queens. During her tenure with Motown, the singer-songwriter and musician produced passionate love songs and funk jam songs like "Need Your Lovin'," "Behind the Groove.".

Marie's voice was the main draw of her music: Pitch-perfect, piercing in its clarity and wrought with emotion, whether it was drawing from the highs of romance or the mournful moments of a love lost. But her songs, most of which she had a hand in writing, were the other major component of her success..

Tunes like "Cassanova Brown" "Portuguese Love" and "Deja Vu (I've Been Here Before)" featured more than typical platitudes on love and life, but complex thoughts with rich lyricism. "Deja vu" was a song about reincarnation..

And "Fire and Desire," a duet with James about a former couple musing about their past love, was considered a musical masterpiece and a staple of the romance block on radio stations across the country..

Marie left Motown in 1982 and her split became historic: She sued the label and the legal battle led to a law preventing record labels from holding an artist without releasing any of their music..

She went to Epic in the 1980s and had hits like "Lovergirl" and "Ooo La La La" but her lasting musical legacy would be her Motown years..

Still, she continued to record music and perform. In 2004 and 2006 she put out two well-received albums on the traditional rap label Cash Money Records, "La Dona" and "Sapphire.".

James, who had a romantic relationship with Marie but also a long friendship, died in 2004. His death shook her so she said she became addicted to Vicodin, which she had been taking for pain, for about a year..

But Marie said she successfully battled that addiction.In 2008, she talked about her excitement of being honored by the R&B Foundation..

Marie was the mother of a teenage daughter who was budding singer; she would sometimes bring her daughter onstage to sing during her shows..

In 2009, she celebrated 30 years in the recording industry, and planned for many more..

"All in all, it's been a wonderful, wonderful ride," she told The Associated Press in 2008. "I don't plan on stopping anytime soon."
[youtube:1h7itkdc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPikYsi6_zU[/youtube:1h7itkdc]
RIP Teena and Rick. :(

My all time favorite song.

Peace
I love this song also. I'd played it after I learned of her death.  I also liked the one she did with Faith Evans. It just seems like yesterday when I saw her perform on Soul Train and the BET awards. She did a tribute to Rick James. She had started touring. Girl, you will be missed.
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 28, 2010, 02:50:51 AM
Teena Marie's death could have been caused by a grand mal seizure while taking a nap ... sources tell TMZ.

As we previously reported, Tina suffered a grand mal seizure a month before her death. Close family friends tell us Tina has suffered other seizures, but the grand mal shook her up badly. We're told she had broken two ribs after falling during that seizure.

We're told the L.A. County Coroner's Office found diazepam -- an antiseizure drug -- at Teena's home, but friends say she had stopped taking the medicine because of side effects and began taking herbal remedies instead.

Friends also tell TMZ ... Teena was so scared of having another grand mal seizure she would have someone sleep next to her at night.  

Friends say on Saturday night someone slept in the same room with Teena and left in the morning.  Teena was talking with her bodyguard at around 11:30 AM. She went back to bed in the early afternoon -- no one was with her when she slept. Teena's daughter checked in with her at around 1 PM and Teena was fine.

But at around 3 PM, Teena's daughter checked in with her again, and found her unresponsive.

The Coroner has said signs point to death from natural causes.  But "natural causes" could be death from a seizure.
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: December 28, 2010, 03:07:04 AM
I was shocked when I heard about her death.  She was a talented person.  It's sad she passed away at such a young age.  It seem like artist with the greatest talent die at an early age. God bless her family.
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Re: Teena Marie dies in her sleep

  • on: January 02, 2011, 06:35:09 AM
This was very hurtful and shocking. She was extremely spiritual, a philanthropist (LOVED helping kids and exposing them to art), and one of the GREATEST singers of my time.  She was also very down to earth (check out some of her tweets). She'd even tweeted the day prior to her death. She was happy and joking with her daughter whose birthday is on Christmas (she died on the 26th). I can't imagine what that poor girl is feeling. I KNOW that she got her wings right away. She's just fine now.   :(
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