R&B Singer-Songwriter Teena Marie 54 Found Dead At Her California Home

26 Dec

(CNN) — Teena Marie, a celebrated R&B singer-songwriter, was found dead Sunday at her California home, her manager said.

Born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California, the 54-year-old artist famously paired with late funk legend Rick James and was nominated four times for a Grammy Award, according to her official website.

Marie was found dead by her daughter after apparently dying in her sleep, manager Mike Gardner said.

“Teena was a black voice trapped in a white body,” said Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One, a broadcasting company that targets African-American and urban listeners. “I would always tell her that she was one of the greatest vocalists of our time.”

Among her songs were “Lovergirl,” “Portuguese Love,” “Ooo La La La,” and “I’m a Sucker for Your Love.”

While no cause of death has been released, the singer’s publicist Lynn Jeter said that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure — a neurological event, marked by loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions, according to the Mayo Clinic — a month ago.

“Luckily, someone was there,” Jeter said of that seizure. “The ambulance took her to the hospital, and on the way she had another seizure.”

The publicist said that she had a “great” conversation on Saturday with Marie, who told her that she was excited about heading to Atlanta to perform this week — in what would have been her first performance since the seizure.

Marie sang under various record labels, including Motown, Epic and Cash Money Classics, since bursting on the scene as a 19-year-old, according to her website. Her most recent album, Sapphire, features collaborations with Smokey Robinson, Kurupt and Gerald Albright.

Eddie Levert, founder of the vocal group The O’Jays, praised Marie as both a singer and mother.

“There are a lot of black people who swore by her and believed in her, as far as her music was concerned,” he said. “She was a good mom, and to me, that is saying a lot.”

Source: CNN

Summary: R&B legend Tina Marie has died, her manager confirmed today (December 26th).

Tina Marie, 54, was born Mary Christine Brockert. She was recorded a number of hit singles in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and the 2000’s.

Tina Marie was known for classic songs like “I’m A Sucker For Your Love” featuring Rick James, “Fire and Desire” featuring Rick James, “Behind the Groove,” “Portuguese Love,” “Dear Lover,” “Out on A Limb” and “Square Biz,” which featured her rapping.

Tina Marie originally signed with Motown in 1976 and was a protege of Funk pioneer Rick James.

Throughout the years, Tina Marie’s was regularly sampled by a variety of rappers. Artists like The Fugees (“Fu-Gee-La”), The Firm “Firm Biz” Jadakiss “By My Side featuring Ne-Yo” and numerous others have all incorporated Tina Marie’s music into their own.

At one point, Tina Marie was also signed to Cash Money Records, where she released two albums for the label.

La Dona (2004) produced the single “I’m Still In Love,” while her final album for Cash Money titled Sapphire (2007) produced the Top 40 single “Ooh Wee.”

Bryan Williams paid tribute to Tina Marie via his official Twitter page. “R.I.P. Tina Marie,” Birdman said.

R.I.P. Teena Marie you will be missed! We lost a huge part of our Motown history today!

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17 Responses to “R&B Singer-Songwriter Teena Marie 54 Found Dead At Her California Home”

  1. lashonda williams December 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

    Oh My GOD I we have lost another talented diva and singer We love you tina MAY GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY IN THERE TIME OF NEED

    • vfare36 December 26, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

      I am deeply saddened by this new’s as well~ R.I.P. Teena Marie~

  2. David & Rhonda McCaulley December 27, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    i was at work when i heard that she had pass i was listing to wdas FM105.3 in philadelphia she will be mist and god bless the family R.I.P Teena marie

  3. judeen thompson December 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    may god guide her to his home so she may be at peace and comfort her family in this time me sadness she will be missed

  4. Melissa Robinson December 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    MS.Tina Marie MAY R.I.P. GOD IS WITH YOU. Can’t get over this news you are my fire and desire. I LOVE YOU TINA MARIE FARE WELL UNTIL WE MEET IN HEAVEN.

  5. Yvette December 28, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Tina Marie was soul and she will be missed by R & B and fans alike. Still listen to her music today.! I would like to send my condolences to her family.

  6. Karen Bulluck December 29, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    We have lost a true Diva.With her soulful voice,she had a message in her music everyone could relate to one of her songs.My condolences goes to her family may you find peace in this time of sorrow.Teena will always be in our hearts and deeply missed.God Bless You and rest in peace.

    • keith smith January 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

      lady t will be missed my prayers go out to her family i will always be a fan

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