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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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#376 and all the other dumb f***s who wrote disrespectful comments about MISS TEENA.May yall's family feel the same pain.How bout that ,DUMB A**'s.If u don't like certain situations don't read or listen.But the comments that make u look UNhuman are uncalled for.U AND UR FAMILY SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!!!!!!!!!!

1386 days ago


So sad. I was looking forward to her Staples Center concert in March :(

1341 days ago


i going to miss her cause i grew up listening to her music all my life rest in peace teena marie prayers goes out to your family. music will never b e the same.

1333 days ago

Joe Aguirre    

Teena Marie will be missed dearly.I grew up listening to her music since i was 15 years old and my favorite song was fire&Desire.We love you teena from all the mexican homies.Your a oldie but goodie that will be missed.GOD BLESS your familia 1love.

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