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. BLACK


    Thank you, for your music. Your songs have taken me in many places. You will be missed but your music will live on. Prayers to your family and friends. OH! Rick James–I know your are smiling, you got your girl. 🙂

    December 27, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • natasha

      I know that's right ..... her and rick james are singing and reminecing away......i'm going to miss you TEENA !

      December 27, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Patricia

      Yes.... when you put it like that it puts a smile on your face to know her and Rick are chilling . May God bless her family and friends ......... R.I.P.Ms.T

      December 27, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sengelly

      Can not believe it. All I can do is picture you and Rick James jamming a little Fire and Desire up in Heaven. RIP Teena Marie.

      December 27, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • LUKE


      December 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carolyn

      Teena is truly the Godmother of soul and will me missed deeply but never forgotten EVER! my wife and I played out on a limb at our wedding...May the warm winds of heaven always blow softly on your soul and the souls of your family Teena... RIP Lady T.

      December 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janine

      I just wanna say R.I.P. Ms Teena Marie. I wanna wish the family and friends the best during this difficult time.

      December 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bgant

      I am sad tonight!She was a soul sista and will be missed.Love you always.B

      December 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |

      now you are with the lord singing and dancing in heaven...your spirit lives on...missed not forgotten

      January 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra Mcgrady

      Teena Maria you will be truly missed by me and other fans your music was the queen of pop and soul
      girl so rest in peace my love goes out to you and family and friends

      January 3, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • sweetone1`

      dose any one ever think about this fact, all of the last few stars that have died its been from natrual causes (so they say) hummmm???? i just wanna say Teena i will miss you alot and even tho your gone your music will still live on in our hearts and souls. man that girl can blow cant she i never seen her as white but more like very light skined sister lol love you gurl. bless your family and friends. i know i wont let soul die with your body.

      January 4, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      Yes, she will truly be missed. She was a one of the many pioneers of great R&B music and I wish her family continued blessings.

      I am very heart broken that I did not see or hear more coverage regarding her death, I heard an announcement on regular television and that was it. I did not hear anything about it on TMZ, The Insider, Entertainer Tonight, etc.

      January 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name*Donna Aguirre

    God bless the family of teena Marie she has been a blessing to all that loved her music. Thank her family for sharing her with the world. Peace be with you

    December 27, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mona

    I have grown up with Teena Maries music, and she will be missed, but her music will live on and on. She was great.

    December 27, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheila Bamidele

      I also grew up in and on her music and Yes she will be greatly missed,She left with us all of her beautiful talent, to comfort us in those times of need, she is gone But will never be forgotten and will be a household name for many of us til our days are at end, this is truly a great lost!!!

      December 27, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kyoko w.

    You guys act like you know her and you're spelling her name wrong . Smh. Its teena marie.

    December 27, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Brooks

      Not quite. It's Teena Marie . . . proper names use capital letters in the English language.

      Also, the contraction of "it is" requires an apostrophe, as in "it's Teena Marie."
      If you're going to try to correct people, finish fourth grade. :

      December 27, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • traceworld

      Is this really the time or place for the grammer police? Gosh can't we just speak on the great loss we have just suffered? Her music will live on in us forever. She was a tremendous talent and we are losing these people everyday and left with the catasthrophe that is today's so called music.

      December 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • civery327

      U guys r kidding right? It's not about grammar. Another great person has passed on. Show some respect to Ms. Teena.

      December 27, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Please

      Show some Respect. Shame on you ..Spelling REALLY !!!

      December 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • grasspress

      yea, i agree. it's no spelling contest. who do you guys think you are, joe miller?

      December 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • kenny

      you have no respect this is not a joke show some respect to teena and her family.

      December 28, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Devil_Dogg

      grow-up dude...Soul Town has lost a great one...

      December 28, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lisa wills

    WIsh it weren't true.

    December 27, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Fan from birth

      Im with you. I just bought tickets to her up coming concert as a surprise for my wife. Lady T is and always will be missed.

      December 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deborah

      Well all I can say is that your music touched my spirit in a way I will always remeber in my heart,Listening to your sounds in the car with the one man I once loved the most in my life and now that I am marryied.When I hear ms.Teena Marie
      your songs take me back in that beautiful time in my life I love you and I am so sorry that you left us so soon you was one of the best we got it all you had a we got it always thankful for the beautful songs you song and wrote God Bless you and your Family and personal friend rest in peace see you again one day amen.

      December 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. latif

    Today is another sad day 4 music lovers real music lovers! Teena was 1 of my favorite her and Phyllis Hyman and Angela Winbush are the best! Love you Teena i'm talking square biz to you baby r.i.p

    December 27, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • BLACK


      You mentioned some great artist here. Teena and Rick were in Baton Rouge, it was 1979, the concert was outside. The weather was great and the music was on point. Teena made her grand entrance, you know–Fire and Desire. Today, New Orleans radio station WYLD, played one of her hits-a creative guitar player she was. 🙂

      December 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Devil_Dogg

      I was there also, was in college at Gambling-wild show-plenty of smoooooooooke to go around

      December 28, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ruth G

    Teena was amazing...she also wrote and arranged her music (at a time when very few women did)...she was true to what was in her heart...not everybody feels or sounds like their DNA...always though it was cool that she mentioned poet Nikki Giovanni...and she didn't need auto-tune!!

    December 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. arthur

    "I just want to beeee youuur love girrrrrr!" People like her made music listening an experience. That's why she will always stay in my song listings. I know she meant more to the world than just a musician. So cor the world at large I hope they can appreciate who she was as a whole. Hey lady t. "Oo la la laaaa!!" Aw man. 🙂 rip queen. My regards to the family and friends.

    December 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • BLACK

      That was the song. You felt every beat. Good Stuff.

      December 27, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dug

    c'est la vie, amiright?

    December 27, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • BLACK

      You are all over it

      January 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Charlie

    First of all, if you don't know who Teena Marie is, then get off the friggen page! Second of all, I agree with the one poster who apologized for all of the losers on here, who feel like they have to bash matter what race they are. Third of you idiots: RESPECT THE DEAD!! I remember her song "Lovergirl" and just heard it a few days ago on the 80s Channel on MusicChoice. She will be missed by her friends, family and fans. May you sleep well Teena and jam out with Rick and Michael. RIP 🙁

    December 27, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Devil_Dogg

      Good reminder Charlie - if you do not understand the love then vacate the site. Lady "T" moved the Motown whole – big ups to all the fans - classey lady, much more then just some white chick - thanks Teena for the memories.

      December 28, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joel Soto aka DJ Flava J

    I grew up listening to her music in Puerto Rico. Today I am so sad for her death. She was gifted, talented and a genious in my book. You will me missed Lovergirl. Your music rocked our world. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family. Rest in Peace lady T. From a 33 year old fan

    December 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BLACK

      That right DJ Flava J. She will be missed. Keep playing her songs, because her beat make you want to ROCK YOUR WORLD. 🙂

      December 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel Soto aka DJ Flava J

      Next time I DJ at the club I will do a mix set in Memory of Teena Marie to honor her.

      December 30, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Richard Allen

    too bad about Teena. She was pretty awesome.

    December 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike Johnson

    SOCK is the word of the day............R.I.P. TEENA Rick take care of her.

    December 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bonnie

    Lady will live on,your memory always in the wonderful songs you brought us. One of the most awesome vocalists of our time..another great star, shining on in the heavens. She gave from her heart and every time I saw her sing it was a pleasure unmatched. She was a natural, it's a great loss, but for sure Ms. Tee unforgetable..that's what u are!!

    December 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roceathia

    All I can say is wow!!! I loved her so much!! She was my inspiration.

    December 27, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
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