Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54


Several news outlets are reporting that singer Teena Marie is no longer with us. Apparently she died in her sleep last night. She was 54 years old.

In honor of the Rick James protegée's passing, watch the video to her super-catchy 80's smash "Lovergirl," AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. So very sad. One of my favorites from my youth. Completely under rated who paved the way for tons of other R and B singers.

    Posted by: HA! | Dec 26, 2010 9:49:08 PM

  2. ah, the 80's. sigh.

    Posted by: psgoodguy | Dec 26, 2010 9:50:04 PM

  3. GetGenerous to GetEqual. Give today, we know the way.

    Posted by: Tony O | Dec 26, 2010 10:10:43 PM

  4. @HA! Agreed. A noteworthy talent in her own right. I've loved her music as far back as I can remember.

    Posted by: dude | Dec 26, 2010 10:32:37 PM

  5. If you only know Lovergirl, you probably don't know how amazing this woman was. She had more soul in her pinky than most singers do today. This is seriously shocking.

    Posted by: Robert | Dec 26, 2010 10:53:52 PM

  6. What a loss. A true legend of soul and R&B.

    Posted by: africool | Dec 26, 2010 11:25:54 PM

  7. So sad.

    I saw her play in Los Angeles years ago. She was amazing.

    Posted by: Tell It Like It Is | Dec 26, 2010 11:45:39 PM

  8. Ugh... she was awesome. My favorite is her "Portuguese Love". amazing song. Back in the 80's she was totally cutting edge and barely known. I saw her perform with Rick James and Carl Carlton at the Capital Center in Maryland back in 1982. Maryland was still segregated - at least socially - back then. She was a really cool lady... damn.

    Posted by: Tre | Dec 27, 2010 1:54:44 AM

  9. 'I need your lovin', her first Top 40 breakthrough, is still the best thing she's ever done. Just a great soul artist

    Posted by: johnboy | Dec 27, 2010 2:02:17 AM

  10. This really is a big loss as mentioned, and will be missed. A truely great artist.

    Posted by: Sarah | Dec 27, 2010 5:24:29 AM

  11. Wow this is so sad. I've always loved Teena's music, especially because she had so much to do with its creation and development. Lady really knew her stuff. Vastly underrated and under-appreciated as a musician.

    She always carried a bit of extra wisdom without seeming old. But 54 is just way too damned young to go. :\

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 27, 2010 6:25:33 AM

  12. Condolence to her family. She’s a great singer and for sure a lot will remember her.

    Posted by: Atlanta Painters HQ | Dec 27, 2010 7:54:32 AM

  13. :( Just found out :( what a loss!

    Posted by: Andy | Dec 27, 2010 7:56:09 AM

  14. I'm 21 years old, and I've never actually heard of this person...but it's always sad when people die!

    Posted by: Kayla | Dec 27, 2010 8:24:29 AM

  15. Nooo :(

    Posted by: FizziekruntNT | Dec 27, 2010 10:17:42 AM

  16. Damn it! I loved that lady. Is there any chance the reports are false?

    Posted by: Bobby | Dec 27, 2010 10:22:38 AM

  17. It's sad that Teena's supreme artistry wasn't acknowledged as much as it deserved to be. She created amazing music, was a great singer-songwriter-musician-arranger. The songs on her albums that didn't get much play except for perhaps R&B and smooth jazz stations were incredible - "Casanova Brown", "Portuguese Love", "Tune In Tomorrow" and "Out On A Limb" are just a small sampling of her huge talent. She will be missed.

    Posted by: Lee | Dec 27, 2010 5:38:08 PM

  18. So sad about this talent leaving us so young!


    Posted by: Michael | Dec 30, 2010 5:37:18 PM

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