R&B Singer Teena Marie Dead At 54

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Award-winning R&B singer and songwriter Teena Marie, most known for the 1984 hit “Lovergirl,” has died.

She was 54.

She is rumored to have suffered from seizures. One report says the singer was found by her daughter and was unresponsive.

The story was first reported by radio station WDAS in Philadelphia. The news has been confirmed by the singer’s longtime manager Mike Gardner.

Grammy-Nominated Singer/Songwriter/Producer Teena Marie Dies, KNX 1070’s Chris Sedens Reports

A native of Santa Monica, Teena Marie was born Marie Christine Brockert. She came to prominence in the late 70s and early 80s and worked extensively with soul/funk legend Rick James.

“Lovergirl” was her biggest hit peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was an immediate dance floor favorite and still enjoys wide radio airplay today. She had other chart-toppers with “Square Biz,” “I’m a Sucker For Your Love,” “I Need Your Lovin'” and  “Fire and Desire.”

Originally signed by Motown as their first white artist, her image did not appear on her first album. Execs weren’t sure black audiences would embrace Teena Marie if they knew she was white but she became an immediate crossover artist for all audiences.

CNN’s Roland Martin says the singer was found dead in her Pasadena home.

At the time of her death, she had club dates set for Atlanta next month and at the Nokia Theater in February.

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  1. Theresa Ruiz says:

    Lady T…I Love your music, you will be missed…RIP….. TEARS…

  2. LISA MARIE says:

    R.I.P TEENA MARIE WE LUV U

  3. Lisa Johnson says:

    R.I.P TEENA MARIE WE LUV U , MY THE LORD CARRY YOUR FAMILY,FRIENDS, AND FANS THROUGH THIS GREAT LOST.

  4. Liz says:

    Rip teen Marie! You will be missed!!!

  5. Annette Leon says:

    Lady T your music will always be a remembrance. You are a Beautiful Legend,May you Rest in Peace.

  6. LISSA says:

    R..I.P YOU Will BE MISSED….

  7. Hanan Nimri says:

    god bless u teena i always loved ur music god bless

  8. christina says:

    i love ur music especially at the night clubs.you will be missed.r.i.p

  9. L/B/ says:

    Go with God My child…your voice will live on, in Earth and will be magnified on your arrival to HEAVEN….

    1. NoNonsense says:

      My child?!??

  10. sandra says:

    im goin to miss teena marie’s music and listening to it well kicking it with the homies while reminicing about the good old days.teena’s music and lyrics always touched a special part of my heart.she always had the specials words in her music to explain how she felt. she will be missed deeply.

  11. IDA BLAKELY says:

    GOD HAS CALLED HIS FALLEN ANGEL BCK HME. YOU WILL BE MISSED..WILL BE PRAYING FOR UR DAUGHTER & FAMILY TO SEE THEM THRU THIS..LOVE YA MUCH!

    1. NoNonsense says:

      Fallen Angel?!??

  12. Addi says:

    Pretty Lady T…You are going to be missed….One of the best female voices of our time and will continue on.

    1. big doggy says:

      Wow, I really loved her music… She was so good I didn’t even see her as white or black… She had the best soulful voice. She had a dope style. My whole family loved her. My mom just went to see her perform in concert. Too bad.
      Tina baby my your soul rest peacefully with the lord for all eternity.
      God bless your family, friends, and fans thru this terrible tragedy.

      Much Love Girl and thanks for all the great music. R.i.P.

  13. stevo shade says:

    you always was a o.g. to me LADY T and you be miss by all of us so you r.i.p. LADY T:(

  14. Gail Thomas says:

    R.I.P. Miss Tena Mare (Lady T) to those who Loved Her you will be missed, but your outstanding voice will all ways be with us.

  15. fila1985 says:

    RIP Lady T you will be missed

  16. mel bul says:

    Teena Marie was my all time favorite singer. I’ve seen her at least 5 times in concert…in la and in new orleans at hosue of blues. my cousins and i will always love your soulful voice….rip

  17. AndrewMart says:

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  18. Karen-LA says:

    You definitely rocked our world with your music Teena Marie. God rest your soul.

  19. Rudy says:

    R.I.P…Teena you will be truly missed. Your music will last 4 ever!!!

  20. Dan Rakow says:

    Hard to beieve I had a crush on Teena Marie 30 years ago and her Music was Fantastic.

    God bless Your souls as always Lady T.

  21. Dan Rakow says:

    Hard to believe I was really enjoying Teena Marie’s Music 30 Years ago and I am very saddend by her suddend passing of a fantastic Musical Artist.

    God Bless Your Souls As Always Lady T.

  22. andrewmart says:

    Updated:
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  23. Darcel Alexander says:

    Lady T known asTeena Marie, she will be deeply missed. As I reflect back In the day when we went to Santa Monica College, I would find her so she could sing for me, I would take her to the music room, and watch her play that piano, and blow smokey robinson, I would sit there in shock, she had such talent and beauty, she will deeply be miss, She was my faviorte female singer, and very special to me. Love you Teena

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