Monday, December 27, 2010

R&B Legend Teena Marie Dies At 54

Legendary singer Teena Marie passed away Sunday at her California home. The singer's body was found by her daughter. She had apparently died in her sleep. According to

While no cause of death has been released, the singer's publicist Lynn Jeter said that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure -- a neurological event, marked by loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions, according to the Mayo Clinic -- a month ago.

Born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California, Marie established herself as one of R&B's most soulful vocalists. First signed to Motown Records in the late 70's, the singer amassed a string of enduring hits, including "Behind The Groove," "Square Biz," "Lovergirl" and "Fire and Desire" her 1981 duet with Rick James. She also racked up four Grammy nominations.

The singer's music also influenced younger hip hop and R&B acts like Nas, The Fugees  and Snoop Dogg, who routinely sampled her work. For those who aren't up on Lady T's catalogue of classics here's a quick review below:

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