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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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Robyn    

I hear that Jenna (#14)! R.I.P. Lady T...

1405 days ago
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Sheri    

R.I.P Lady T!

You are and ALWAYs will be one of my favorite singers! I love you!...even up to the last album I own; Sapphire!.. May God be with you Alia Rose! As you grew older, people would say "you don't sound the same".. you always had a beautiful voice! It was because of you that we have "The Brockert Initiative", which makes it illegal for a record company to keep an artist under contract without releasing new material for that artist.

The world has lost a beautiful singer..

Favorite album: Irons in the Fire!

R.I.P

1405 days ago
63.

eff you idiots who didnt watch the draft and dont know the whole story    

I knew before you did tmz. I heard and came here to get confirmation as you are usually on top of this. unfortunatly this is true

1405 days ago
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todd payton    

SHE HAS PASSED AWAY BUT THE WORDS SHE LELT WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US SHE IS NOW SINGING TO OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN AND MAKING HIM SMILE FOR HE HAD A BETTER PLAN FOR HER SHE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL THAT HAD THE GREAT CHANCE TO HEAIR AND KNOW HER I LOVE YOU TEENA I NEVER KNEW LOVE UNTIL YOU CAME ON THE AIR WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR LOVE AND YOU MADE THE FELLING OF LOVE REAL FOR ME REST IN PEACE MY ANGLE FOR THE DAY HAS COME FOR YOU TO REST AND ENJOY PEACE BE STILL

1405 days ago
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todd payton    

oONE OF THE BEST SINGERS IN THE WORLD HAS GONE ON TO BE WITH OUR FATHER AND SHE WILL BE MISSED BUT THE LORD HAD BETTER PLANS FOR HER SHE IS SINGING IN THE LORD GROUP NOW AND WILL BE LOOKING DOWN ON US AS A ANGLE OF GOD OGD BLESS HER WITH THE VOICE TO MAKE MANY PEOPLE SMILE AND HAPPY NOW ITS TIME FOR HER TO SING FOR GOD MY PRAYERS GOT OUT TO ALL THE ONES THAT LOVED HER AND KNEW HER SHE WILL BE FOR REAL MIIED BY ALL

1405 days ago
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Tonia    

R.I.P Teena Marie you were one of the great ones. Your voice will always be remembered one I think of the great ones. Square Biz was one of my favorite songs growing up. There are so many more of your songs that I listening 2 but when I here Square Biz it makes me remember the Good Times growing up on Long Island. You may be Gone but You will never be forgotten. My heart and Prays go out to ur family. Heaven recieved a special Angel Today. You and Rick James can continue to make Good Music up in Heaven 2gether.

1405 days ago
67.

Joann    

WOW...this is truly sad. I hope you keep on top of this TMZ. She haa a great voice. Awww man I am shocked. My condolences go out to her family.

1405 days ago
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PLATINUMHEELZ    

only TMZ will post one of her most unattractive photos... no ****ing respect... she was a LEGEND damn...

1405 days ago
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Jim Wright    

I knew Teena @ Mark Twain Jr. High. What a wonderful spirt. We went to Venice High. We were in the Music Man play. You know Life is Too Short. Luv Ya Girl!!!

1405 days ago
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Kelly    

Teena will always be the Greatest.... A God sent voice....Thanx for the Greatness in her Lord...

1405 days ago
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jazzyjammie    

Awww man this just has me in shock,I loved her music when no one knew who she was awww man she was a person who had soul in her music,damn going to miss u Lady T. u an Rick James keep on singing,time to fly butterfly,may God watch over your beautiful high yellow children that was one of my songs an I am going to miss u,thank u for sharing your voice with us like so many greats who have gone home.

1405 days ago
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Dannie162    

Woww! This would leave a big imprint on us again. I pray that her love and her music would continue to spread love and sunshine all across the world. From my mother's generation to my generation to be pass down to my daughter's generation, I pray that god will give her and her family the strength. R.I.P. Teena Marie.

1405 days ago
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DLiver420    

I think her neck ate her head.

1405 days ago
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marcia    

Cuz M-O-N-E-Y never did a thing for L-O-V-I-N I feel it in my bones that you and I can win ooh ask me what I need I need your lovin...

I'll put a rabbit out my hat, I'll cross a black cat's path to find you and darling you can best believe there's nothin up my sleeve but love. It must be magic. It must be magic got me under your spell baby....It must be magic cuz it feels so good to me...

When the push comes to shove and you need a little love let me put some rock into your world. Call me up don't be shy cuz my love will make you high I just wanna be your Lover Girl.

I'm talkin square biz to you ooh I'm tal-king square biz...

I'm out on a limb, I'm giving in to you again....

Just because I fell in love with you Casanova Brown...

Midnight Magnet you gave me kisses so unreal you were the magnet and I was the steel. Call it what you want but you know it was the magnet. Call it what you want but you know that it was wrong...

Fix it baby, baby won't you fix it baby. Do it for me boy...

Oh Lord I could just go on and on...Teena you will be sorely missed. RIP

1405 days ago
75.

Nicole    

#14 It has been on the news. It's on CNN and several LA area news channels. Her daughter, I believe, celebrated her 18th birthday yesterday. I can't imagine what she must be going through. I have EVERY single song she has every recorded. Was playing her "Sapphire" CD just this morning. I am numb by the news

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