Singer Teena Marie dead at 54
December 26th, 2010
08:43 PM ET

Singer Teena Marie dead at 54

Teena Marie, an award-winning singer-songwriter known for her R&B
performances, has died, her manager said Sunday. The performer was 54.

Marie was found dead by her daughter after apparently dying in her sleep,
manager Mike Gardner said.

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  1. Mmmmm

    Ohooo-no, the old heads are leaving us! What happen?!?! CNN there you go again with the nothin-news...who doesn't love Tina Marie!

    December 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ista

      I know rite!

      December 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      Yeah CNN...this is nothing news! I would like more details! I have been listening to Teena this weekend, jamin! RIP Lady T!

      December 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      She apparently just died, so CNN is not withholding information from you, they're probably just reporting that she died because that is ALL know right now. Or would you rather they wait a couple of weeks to announce her death, so they can get all the lab work back?

      December 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • APS III

      "Fire &Desire"," deja Vu", "Happy", "I need your lovin", " Lover girl", "Portuguese love" , "Square Biz" , "Im just a sucker for your love"
      (This represents a small list of her greatest hits from the 80's)

      December 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art In Chicago

      Your punkazz ain't in the same zipcode of funny.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • GaGa

      STFU

      December 27, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • kenny

      dude you're getting too rediculous. i wish cnn blocks all of your messages now
      you have shown us all that you have no respect whatsoever

      December 28, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • kenny

      no you are brain dead and very partially can think

      December 28, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • DAT

      Do you at least occasionally make sense?

      December 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shanae Miller

      Why did they post this? I would rather them wait and give her fans details ;( Im shocked

      December 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • barbekirk

      um, she just died today...can you give them time to get the details before you start criticizing? one thing I like about cnn...they will only report what they can confirm; and right now they can only confirm her death not the cause.

      December 26, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • PhillyKoko

      Yea, people are always waiting on CNN to confirm something. I knew an hour ago! *smh* They were amongst the LAST to confirm MJs death!

      December 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SlowwHand

      Teena

      December 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Now days it is more important to get it out first, than to get it out right!

      December 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joy

      Confirmation Please!!!! I don't believe.

      December 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      who is this lady anyways did she have any hits?

      December 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      google it NUTT

      December 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • MomOfThree

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teena_Marie

      December 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • marilynrich1991@sbcglobal.net

      She was an awesome singer, but since you are probably one of those "closed minded" wht ppl, you only listen to your kind of music......you the kind I'm talkin' about.........................

      December 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • APS III

      "Fire &Desire"," deja Vu", "Happy", "I need your lovin", " Lover girl", "Portuguese love" , "Square Biz" , "Im just a sucker for your love" (This represents a small list of her greatest hits)

      December 26, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joann

      “Portuguese Love,” “Behind the Groove,” “Every little bit hurts,” “Irons in the fire,” “Lover girl,” “It must be magic,” “Déjà vu (I’ve been here before),” “Square Biz,” and much more. Lady T was a woman a head of her time with those songs. No one can not and would not dare sings these songs as good as her.

      December 26, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerry Moore

      First of all how old are you? I am 53. A lot of young people who are 25 right now know who he is. I was 25 or younger when this young woman came on the scene of music. She was only one year older than I am. If you wanna find out who She is go online, or checked the library of music. If you're not careful you may learn something.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulie

      "Get behind thee Satan"

      December 26, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kruzrsgirl

      R U FREAKIN SERIOUS???? Go to youtube and type in her name and see how many pages of hits pop up!!

      December 26, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • fran

      You must be really young.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • fran

      You must be really young or not a music lover to not know who Teena Marie is..

      December 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie WE

      What planet are you from? Maybe the question shoud be – How old are you? Tina Marie was spectacular!!!!!!!!! Go to youtube research her work and just listen. Fire & Desire, Square Biz, I need your Lovin, Irons in the Fire, Deja Vu etc...

      December 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • T Willz

      Look at the comments, what do you think? Just bc you obviously know nothing about RnB music doesn't mean the person isn't significant. Show some respect, if not for her fans, then for a person who touched people's lives!

      December 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      It would be best if you Google her .. I'm guarantee you that there will be a plethora of information there to help you ..

      December 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josie

      HITS??? Where have you been?? Under a rock!!!!!

      December 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MS B

      if you dont know who she is you should not be responding to this she is one of the greatest singers of all times you need to do a little more reading and then you will know who she just goggle Tina Marie

      December 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Javan Hardy

      Before you correct someone else you would want to advise them to google her name properly...the spelling is "Teena Marie"....if you're such a fan, you should at least know how to spell her name.

      December 27, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • a.k.a. good looking

      you must b ten years of age sorry that was b4 your time she had many of hits does it matter anyway she is dead feel sorry 4 her not if she had any hits or not

      December 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie WE

      @ RuffNutt. You must have bumped your head toooooo many times. Is that why you call yourself RuffNutt. This is not a time to act a fool. Come on now do some research before asking or commenting. A person hase transitioned and you want to make idiotic remarks. Have a good heart.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tootles

      I never heard of her before until now either. She couldn't had been that good.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie WE

      @ tootles – Don't let RuffNutt encourage you to be dense. If you don't know something – ask somebody. How did you derive at calling yourself Tootles? You seem to be informed on the prescription drugs – whats up?

      December 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Grefomo

      Tootles no offense, but just because you've never heard of "Lady T" doesn't mean she was not a legend

      December 27, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • TAT

      Tootles, even if you don't know who Teena Marie was, that doesn't give the right to disrespect the dead. Nobody knows who you are either, so don't be surprised if you dropped dead, people will say that "you weren't that good" either. You really need to grow up!

      December 27, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • bonnie

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MddNz1mCm2o&w=640&h=360]
      listen to this and tell me she isn't any good, just because you haven't heard of her doesn't mean she wasn't any good.
      Don't be small minded, Teena was a super star for any age!!!

      December 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Quita

      I have 2 daughters 17 & 13 who both knew who she was & enjoyed her music!! I'm so proud of them for being open minded to music of a older generation!! It's your loss & narrow minded that you don't know of this spectacular person!! Google her music & broaden your horizon If you dare!!

      May 5, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      You are a stupid knucklehead....If I were near you now, I'd slap you...DON'T DISRESPECT TEENA BRO!

      December 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • richie rich

      Teena marie is the truth her soulful ballads will intrigue us in more years to come.Let love be our guides toward of making a world a better god bless u teena for the robin hood dell memories!!!

      December 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JaneDoe

      Fire & Desire with Rick James that was a hit

      December 26, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jazzy girl

      any hits1 are you serious? You dont know music if you dont know lady T. may she rest in peace

      December 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • vanetta

      she had more hits than you could count.....if your under 30 forget about it.....but if your cool like that....you would know what we talking about......

      December 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jules

      The hit I remember most is Loverboy.

      December 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • dashark

      Are you serious?

      December 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love"
      "Behind The Groove"
      "I Need Your Lovin"
      "Square Biz"
      "Lovergirl"

      to name a few. Search these on youtube.

      Informative wiki article – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teena_Marie

      December 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Youmeko

      A voice like that doesn't come this way often! She will be missed. For you young and ignorant folk, she had many hits and a voice that could stand with the best. Well, she was ONE of the best!

      December 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • V.P.G

      With a name like ruffnutt. its no wonder you"ve never herd of her.Those who know,know

      December 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doni

      Google her. You will see what you have missed.

      December 26, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • enuffisenuff

      The least you could do is Google her BEFORE posting your ignorance.

      December 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • BLACK

      Yes she did 🙂 When you get the chance, pull up some of her music. This sister can Jam. She rock the house baby. I take that back–She torn down the JOINT (house).

      December 27, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • LE$

      Thank you for your acknowledgement.
      knoflaw1 at yahoo:com

      February 11, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
    • LadyLee

      Stop showing your ignorance. Look things up before posting foolish words.

      December 27, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • MaknChangez

      Seriously????

      December 27, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Bug

      Your on the net.. Google her

      December 27, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • jewels35

      If you don't know by now then you should just stick to what you don't know; Which is everything!!! R.I.P Lady T...

      December 27, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • kenny

      ask your parents or relatives

      December 28, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • BLACK

      Yes, she did.

      December 31, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      CNN isn't doing its usual half way reporting. The news started as a rumor that no one could confirm until just a few minutes ago.

      RIP Teena..."Fire and Desire" is my favorite song...

      December 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • shortyred57

      may she rest n peace she truly has had her day and daysssssssssssssssss god bless her family and friends

      December 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Theresa

      I had the pleasure to meet Tina on one of Tom Joyner's cruises. She was so friendly and down to earth. I told her the only reason I went on the cruise was to meet her, and God blessed me with the opportunity to take a picture with her. I love you Tina!

      December 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • naturallypeaceful1

      That is sweet. Thanks for sharing that. She will be missed!!!!!!

      December 26, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becky

      That is awesome! So glad you get to have that memory...we all have the music.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tundra

      I heard/saw Tina on the Tom Joyner Cruise as well....she was the best and my husband and I knew every song. RIP and we will keep your fam in prayer for these days ahead!

      December 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • the Mixtape Demon

      This is a very sad day for R&B

      December 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janene

      I am so sad she was a great entertainer she will be miss, again another great one leaves us before her time, god bless her family.
      I love you Tina and so glad I have had the opportunity too enjoy your shows

      December 26, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kobie J. Stroman

      Hello CNN I have to apologize for the juvenile responses you've received from the afro-american community. I am of that community myself and I must admit that it is juvenile and plainly stupid to complain that no facts of her death were given. It requires common sense to know that a coroner gives cause of death and not a news agency and I am glad you verify your facts before you report them. Thats called being a credible news agency, again I apologize sometimes you cant fix stupid.
      Sincerely,
      Kobie J. Stroman

      December 26, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh!-What!

      You have taken this completely off the level. YOU PLAYED THE RACE CARD!!!!!! AGAINST YOUR OWN RACE AT THAT! LOL! Did it occur to you that people didn't want to believe it due to previous rumored deaths? Instead you attack an entire race of people over this. What a way to honor her death. The AFRO-American community, of which you claim to be a part of – we just black where I'm from, has shown her much love and respect. She broke racial barriers at a time where others wished they could have. Talk to here agents and managers and find out where her money came from. You are just a self hating wack job to turn this into an issue of ignorance of race. Find a rope for yourself.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • msneiccy

      Please lets not judge a certain part of the community or race, ignorance people are amazing, because whether you know the cause of death or not Tina life has ended. Her family will read blogs, tweet, face book etc. Please allow her family read what her music meant to you. God Bless

      December 26, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • David B

      Thank you Teena for helping to bring different races together with your unique voice at a time when even America could not do it. May your soul rest in peace!!!!!!

      December 26, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jawana Williams

      Well put! And I am also from the African American community as well.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      How degradng to ASSume the negative response are from African Americans. You definitely cannot tell from the way they typed, can you? Please confirm/prove your statement. That response was so ignorant and you had to make this a race issue. Ignorant comments are just that ignorant. This page is not for this, it is for Teena Marie and her passing. Speak your peace about the issue and move it along.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vee

      Kobe, speak for yourself and your own ignorant and gramatically-incorrect reply. I'm African-American (and proud of it by the way): but you wouldn't know that if I didn't tell you. So don't assume that every ignorant comment was posted by a person of color. Speak for yourself–cuz clearly you don't represent me or anyone like me. That being said–R.I.P.–Teena we love you.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat?

      How do you know or why would you assume that all of the negative comments are from the "afro-american" community? Give me a break.

      December 26, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • T Willz

      Thanks for being the more civilized representative for the black community... and yes, that was sarcasm.

      People are looking for a quick bio of who she was such as "Teena Marie was known for her soulful voice on hits such as 'Square Biz' and her highly acclaimed duet, 'Fire and Desire' with Rick James. Teena was highly acclaimed for her one of a kind voice and her ability for breaking the barrier of race in the R&B industry. " .... really, was that so hard? No one is looking for CSI Miami results for facts in her death. They could have just said details of the cause of death has not been confirmed or it has been rumored the songstress dies in her sleep, confirmed details to follow. I don't think that's too much to ask for from a highly respected media publisher. Take the stick out of your butt and learn to love yourself because you really seem like someone who hates your own skin. There was no need to go to such an unnecessary level.

      December 26, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katla

      Kobie, you're an idiot. Your "apology" was not needed nor is it respected. Please do your boot-licking elsewhere.

      December 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Incitatus

      A very good point and very well articulated. Kobie J. Stroman is a microscopic minority in his community.

      December 27, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paca Bana

      Please don't be critical of your fellow man,be critical of the person, as one, its not just you Americans that read this and two you just reinforce some peoples misconceptions of black people. Thank you.

      February 5, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. nydia

    RIP, this must be horrible, and the day after christmas

    December 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARLETHA GILMORE

      REST IN PEACE TEENA U HAD THE MOST INCREDIBLE BEAUTIFUL VOICE AND I AM GOING TO REAALY MISS U EVEN THOUGH WE DIDNT KNOW EACH OTHER BUT I FELT I KNEW U THROUGH YOUR BEAUTIFUL MUSIC U ARE TRULY GOING TO BE MISSED

      December 26, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cee Kaye

    So sad... RIP Teena Marie.

    December 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. a fan

    R.I.P. Teena. Thanks for sharing your voice and talents with us while you were here. Another one of the greats...gone. May God bless her family

    December 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ummmm

    @Mmmmm

    ITS TEENA MARIE!

    December 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melanie

      lol

      December 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      What do you expect with shocking news...I still love her voice...the whole school bus use to break out singing her songs on the radio...fool!

      December 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ugaalumni10

    Wow this is so sad, rest in peace Teena, Prayers go out to her family and loved ones

    December 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Phil

    Said to say it could be that Rick James curse.

    December 26, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Stop...step away from the grave and show respect, Phil!

      December 26, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • shawn

      what is the rick james curse?

      December 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • fran

      Death is not a joke. Show some respect for her family.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ajae

    I am in shock... numb... wanna cry, but can't. I've grown the span of this woman's career, remember when she came on the scene, till this very day. She won the hearts of people of color, and remains our sweetheart. Oh, how I will miss her soulful, passionate singing...

    December 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miss M

      "People of color", really? Do people actually still say that? Get a life & use better terminology please.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smithfield Fan

      Could not have said it better myself. Gone way too soon

      December 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • karen

      "Person of color" is a perfectly acceptance term. Why not look it up and make it part of your vocabulary?

      December 26, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • KARMA

      "PPL OF COLOR"...SMH DATS JUST WHY THIS WORLD IS CORRUPTED NOW INSTAD OF EVERYBODY WORKING AS AN ANTAGONIST AGAINST ONE OF ANOTHER, EVERYBOY SHOULD WORK AS PRIME MOVERS TO HELP EACH OTHERS ITS MF"S LIKE YOU THAT WILL CONTINUE TO STIR UP CORRUPTION LIKE EVERYONE ELSE LIVES IS JUS A RECIPE TO YOU...WELL I DONT APPRECIATE YO BOWLING PIN A** SAYING THAT BS AT A CRISIS LIKE THIS... SHAME ON YOU!!!!! GO BRAINSTORM

      December 26, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      My sentiments exactly.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat?

      "Person of color" is a perfectly acceptance term. Why not look it up and make it part of your vocabulary?

      ....perfectly acceptance term?!.....LoL. And they need to look something up??? Really? LoL

      December 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • bonnie

      from a white lady. My goodness...u use the term people of color? Did u really just say that? Let me correct u, everyone loved Teena, EVERYONE and by the way, everyone is colored, just not your color.

      December 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jewels35

      I think the term people of color is what it is and that's not a term to use on Us; Just say Black and keep it moving... From a Black person not (a person of color)...R.I.P Lady T and please forgive the lost few out there...

      December 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bert f.

    It would help if the writer of this post provided information on the person who died. I've don't recall the name Teena Marie, but if given some information on her 'works' I might.

    December 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • SlowwHand

      Irons in the Fire

      December 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dee

      Come on bert f. "Fire and Desire"...Do even listen to music?

      December 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dana

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPikYsi6_zU&w=640&h=360]

      December 26, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • WL

      Seriously? Seriously? She was a real Diva unlike today's pasted together no talents. READ your history and stop listening to so called "top 40 radio". rick james ring any bells?

      December 26, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roe

      I agree, what would it have taken for the writer to do research on her before posting. I actually refreshed the page twice cause I thought my computer didnt load it properly. Teena Marie was a huge part of the 80's music scene and was sometimes known as lady t. She sung a song called Square Biz which was as great as the song was popular. In that particular song she rapped and sang. You can check sites like Wikipedia for more info. Hope it helps.

      December 26, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • APS III

      "Fire &Desire"," "deja Vu", "Happy", "I need your lovin", " Lover girl", "Portuguese love" , "Square Biz" , "Im just a sucker for your love" (This represents a small list of her greatest hits from the 80's)

      December 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • fran

      Are you really that young? Square Biz, Irons in the Fire, If I were a bell, Deja Vu, Dear Lover,.....

      December 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat?

      Im not familiar with all of her work either but recently became quite obsessed with her song "Square Biz" and rocked to it all summer long.

      December 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cutipie78

    Damn, Damn, Damn!!!!!!

    December 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. a

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo :*(

    December 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. johnquest

    Damn. Damn Damn

    December 26, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. StarTaylor

    Could we have a little more information paleeezzeee??? Thank you.

    December 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gina

    😦 The only blue-eyed soul singer who actually had soul.
    She will be missed.

    December 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. erica

    Wow this is so sad, my prayers go out to her family and loved ones during this time

    December 26, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
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