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Teena Marie’s Cause Of Death Unclear

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Singer/songwriter Teena Marie, best known for the 1984 smash “Lovergirl,” and one-time Rick James protegee, died December 26 at the age of 54. (credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators say an autopsy on R&B singer Teena Marie revealed no signs of trauma, but it likely will be weeks before a cause of death will be determined.

Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Wednesday that toxicology tests that could determine Marie’s cause of death take about six weeks.

Winter says her body showed no signs of trauma and no illegal drugs were found in the Pasadena home where she died.

Marie, the singer of hits like “Lovergirl” who was often called the “Ivory Queen of Soul,” was found unresponsive by family members in her home on Sunday. She was 54.

Police said in a statement that the death appeared to be from natural causes.

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