Teena Marie's death sends twinge through Twitter
December 26th, 2010
10:16 PM ET

Teena Marie's death sends twinge through Twitter

The death of award-winning singer-songwriter Teena Marie hit the Twitterverse hard Sunday night.

The first tweet about the singer’s death hit the popular microblogging site around 8:30 p.m.

In an hour’s time, Marie's name was the top trending topic, with condolences being tweeted from around the world.

“I can't believe Teena Marie died. I'm super sad,” tweeted user HopeVann.

Sunday night, a number of celebrities with contacts in entertainment pitched in to form a composite of Marie's untimely passing.

In the early going, drummer Sheila E tweeted: “They just took her body from her home. Teena Marie found dead by her daughter whos BD was yesterday. pray 4 her & her family.”

The message was retweeted more than 100 times within minutes.

Minutes later, CNN contributor Roland Martin got a hold of Marie’s manager and confirmed it.

"Mike Gardner, the manager of @teenamarie, just told me that it is true: the legendary R&B singer has indeed died," Martin tweeted.

Tremors of Marie's passing also hit Facebook and other popular social networking sites.

“No cause of death has been provided ... . Her manager, Mike Gardner, said her body is at the coroner's office,” Martin later tweeted.

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  1. Mmmmm

    About time, CNN for the pretty picture! You are to be a shame of yourself...

    December 26, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Duh

    This is not Teena Marie...

    December 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry


      December 27, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Locode

      yes it is. she got old and fat.

      December 27, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      Yes, unfortunately it IS Teena Marie! She didn't age too well, but ALWAYS a class act!!

      December 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kelli

    Who the heck is that a picture of! DANG get your stuff together CNN.

    December 26, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      CNN does have their stuff together, this is in fact a picture of Teena Marie! I'm a huge fan, and I've seen her look like this for quite some time now. Truely a legend, no matter what she looked like. A real beauty, both inside and out!!

      December 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. K. Hayes

    WTH is that? CNN, Newsflash: that ISN'T Lady T!!!!! Find a picture of Teena Marie ASAP!

    December 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cd904


    December 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Locode

      yes it is. she got older and fatter.

      December 27, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. David Kramarz

    The picture is Teena and it is beautiful!

    December 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • NumberOneFanofLadyT

      Obviously David, they must not know what she looks like!!! This is Teena Marie and as always as beautiful as ever! May your soul rest in peace! My prayers are with your family!

      December 26, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      And I am King Alibaba. You're point?

      December 27, 2010 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Dee

      True fans will recognize Lady T anywhere! This is her...big, beautiful and ALWAYS GREAT!!

      December 27, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miss Daisy

      Teena Marie was a classic I happened to meet her in Beverly Hills 2 yrs ago and she is a pure class act. Yes she aged but see her in person she aged well and beautifully for a 54 yr. old woman... pictures and cameras if not photo shopped adds pounds and this is Teena in her true blue essence.....Beyonce, Britney, Ciara or others cannot match her talent...she wrote, produced and musically arranged her own songs the industry does not believe in real true talent like that anymore.....I do feel Christina Aguilera has a beautiful voice and she would be my first choice to portray Miss Lady T in a biopic. R.I.P Miss Teena now you and Rick James can musically funk on in Heaven.......Keep it "Wild and Peaceful"

      December 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Twitter_Incorrect

    Seriously, CNN and Craig Johnson ("journalist.") The correct Twitter account is NOT @teenamarie–it's @MSteenamarie

    December 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jay johnson

      Dear CNN this is Teena Marie's twitter account: @MsTeenaMarie One of her last tweets reads Sarah Vaughan "May You never grow old, and may I never die"...
      7:25 PM Dec 25th via Echofon We will miss you, Our thoughts and prayers go out to Lady T's daughter and family. One of the best R&B Greats

      December 27, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Blah blah blah. Save your breath.

      December 27, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Charstar

    I don't know who the heck that is...but that looks nothing like the Teena Marie I've seen on stage or in pictures for the last 30 years!

    December 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Perhaps you should remove your beer goggles.

      December 27, 2010 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Charstar

    Now THAT's the right Teena!! Thank you!

    December 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Paper or plastic?

      December 27, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. kitan2000

    It is apparent that this blogger haven't a clue who Teena Marie is. This is NOT Teena Marie. This is Teena Marie: http://www6.blender.com/guide/47417/teena-marie.html
    It would be really kind if you would retract this entry, put forth a little more effort and repost.

    December 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • beth

      The pic you posted is a picture of Teena Marie about 20 years ago...She was 54 and actively performing. SMH... You guys need to learn your stuff.

      December 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NumberOneFanofLadyT

      you have a picture of her 30 yrs ago!!! ANd the one above is her too!!! WOW!!

      December 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Its amazing what happens when people age...they look totally different. I mean, just look at your baby picture and you now! I can't believe it, you don't look anything alike!!!! OMG! 😛

      December 27, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Sally Sunshine

      Dude come back to reality, Teena got old and fat. The pic CNN has posted is accurate. She might have sounded like a "sista" but she aged like a white gal.

      December 27, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. C2iT

    1stly RIP 'Lady T' the world has lost a prolific song writer singer instrument-alist & overall performer! **folks the big & clumsy news outlets will fall within the decade. Social Media tols will prevail**

    December 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      The T has gone for a long Z!

      December 27, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. beth

    It is a picture of Teena marie...in her later years. RIP Lady T.

    December 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Though if you sugar coat it, I am sure T will!

      December 27, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. Marie Lipscomb

    In my era Teena Marie was IT! Her voice her songs was on top w/Rick James! I will always play her songs forever. RIP Ms T!

    December 26, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      I feel sorry for you. No really, I do!

      December 27, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brooklyn Girl

    Extremely saddened by the news. Ooh La La La will live on as a classic forever! RIP

    December 26, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |


    December 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • TANYA

      What a wounderful person teena marie was and such a beautiful voice. Teena you will for ever be missed and have gone on to a better place were Legends like yourself and micheal along with marvin gaye are all singing in a heavenly choir. And as to idiots!!!! like sutler who has noting else better to do but to comment on your apperance in a photo in a negitive way, get! a! life!. besides you can't and will never esteemed to what Teena Marie was. Thank you!!!!!!!

      December 28, 2010 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
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