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Teena Marie Singer dead at 54

Written By Rana G on Sunday, December 26, 2010 | 11:20 AM

R&B singer Teena Marie was found dead in her California home Sunday morning, according to reports

The singer-songwriter was 54.

Teena Marie, was born Marie Christine Brockert and rose to fame thanks to her partnership with the late funk legend Rick James.

The soulful singer was best known for her hits such as "Lovergirl" and racked up 13 studio albums, six of which went platinum on the U.S. R&B charts.

The cause of the singer’s death was not immediately known but CNN reported that the singer suffered a seizure while watching a movie.

Eerily on Christmas day the singer tweeted a Sarah Vaughan song lyric: "May you never grow old, and may I never die."

The reaction to her death spread quickly across the music and social media world.

Legendary R&B singer Eddie Levert told CNN that “A lot of black people swore by her and believed in her, as far as her music was concerned.”

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