Singer Teena Marie Dies

Sad news. Today I learnt that singer Tina Marie died. She was 54 years old. I remember jamming to her tunes. She set the tone for Maria Carey who in my book is the only singer that came even close to Tina’s vocals. Teena Marie — once known as Rick James protégée — died in her sleep last night.Marie, who rose to prominence in the ’70 and ’80s, was found dead by her daughter in her Los Angeles home on Sunday, according to her manager, Mike Gardner.

The cause of death was not immediately known but Marie’s publicist, Lynn Jeter, told CNN that she suffered a grand mal seizure a month ago.

Born Marie Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, Calif., Marie released 13 studio albums over the course of her career, which spawned the 1984 hit “Lovergirl.” http://www.people.com

 

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