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'Lovergirl' Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54

12/27/2010 10:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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

Teena Marie Dead

Relatives found Teena's body Sunday morning at her home. Relatives tell TMZ Teena seemed fine yesterday, when she spent Christmas with her brother. Teena spoke at length yesterday with Lynn, who tells TMZ Teena seemed "fine."

So far it's unclear what caused the singer's death -- but the Pasadena Police Department tells TMZ they do not suspect foul play. They say it looks like Teena died of natural causes. The L.A. County Coroner's Office will perform an autopsy.

We're told Teena had a seizure a month ago, but it's unclear what triggered it.

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

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Strawberrygirl    

Wow. Sad. RIP.

Prayers for the family!

1362 days ago
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JoeP    

The Queen of blue-eyed soul. RIP and thanks for the music.

1362 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

R.I.P. Miss Teena. You will be sorely missed and never ever forgotten.

1362 days ago
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effminus    

Who?

1362 days ago
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Sheila    

True talent. None like her. God's speed, it's your turn to join the stars...

1362 days ago
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forreal    

I wonder what happened? Heart attack? I love that song "Lover Girl". RIP.

1362 days ago
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D    

RIP :(

1362 days ago
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SYLVI212    

Wow! Another one gone. So sad.

1362 days ago
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Jaz from NC    

RIP

1362 days ago
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Truth    

HUFFINGTON POST SUGGESTS RECENT SEIZURES AS CAUSE OF DEATH. DONT KNOW FROM WHAT. SAID SHE WAS FOUND BY HER DAUGHTER AND REPORTED BY HER MGR, MIKE GARDNER. RIP.

1362 days ago
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umhum    

Heard to believe. Another musical legend has passed. RIP :(

1362 days ago
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latisha    

she will be missed she was a great singer

1362 days ago
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wasted days and wasted nights    

This is so sad. I always enjoyed spinning her records when I was a deejay back in the day. My condolences to her family.

1362 days ago
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The Maharincess of Franistan    

Love you Lady T. Rest in Peace. You and Rick keep jamming until I get there. I got dibs on some front row seats.

1362 days ago
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Honi    

If anyone has not heard of her, go on youtube and listen to her, she had a beautiful voice.

1362 days ago
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