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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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rob    

That's to bad! RIP Teena Marie! Wasn't she just on twitter a few hours ago?

1396 days ago
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Joy    

I heard about this from a radio station but nothing on the news stations. This has not been confirmed.

1396 days ago
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strangerinchi    

This is so sad! =[ May you rest in peace, Teena! =[ ♥♥♥

1396 days ago
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go home!    

Wow. You can tell that #4 is an ignorant child. Kids of today, what a waste.

1396 days ago
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christi    

Bout time ya'll reported it

1396 days ago
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pam    

grew up on lady "T'' SO SAD TO HEAR THAT SHE WILL SURELY MISSED.HER MUSIC AND LEGACY WILL LIVE ON! HEART GOES OUT TO HER FAMILY.

1396 days ago
22.

carla    

Hard to believe she survived that head transplant, but suc***bed to this.

1396 days ago
23.

marcia    

Oh Man! I'm so sad to hear this. She was one of my favorite singers.

1396 days ago
24.

ohreally    

that party life and drugs ... taking everyone out early

her voice was superb to be honest

1396 days ago
25.

cyndy    

WHAT!!!!

1396 days ago
26.

get a life ho    

I'm so sad .

Loved her & her Music .

RIP Lady T

1396 days ago
27.

Mark    

RIP Lady T you were one of a kind.

1396 days ago
28.

ohreally    

tmz is very talented at finding the worst pictures of people & using it for important stories

thats actually yall only talent

have a lil respect man smh

1396 days ago
29.

freddy luv    

Truly a sad commentary on the lifestyles of the rich and influencial(R.J.). An extremely talented lady! So Sorry!

1396 days ago
30.

Nella    

WOW! I'm so sorry to hear this! I saw her in concert 2 years ago,she gave an awesome show and I was incredibly impressed. She was more than the ex of another famous musician, SHE WAS A MUSICIAN! My prayers go out to her family.

1396 days ago
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