Teena Marie Death Mourned by Music Industry

Julie Ryan Evans

teena marieIconic R&B singer, Teena Marie, passed away Sunday at the age of 54, leaving friends and fans stunned. The singer, whose birth name was Mary Christine Brockert, reportedly died in her sleep. It's thought the cause of death could be related to a grand mal seizure she suffered last month.

Marie made a major impact in the music industry and was perhaps best known for her hits "Loverboy" and "Portuguese Love." She was nominated for four Grammies during her career and has been called the "Ivory Queen of Soul," a "trailblazer," and even "the greatest vocalist of our time" by Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One.

Tributes via Twitter by other musicians have been passionate and filled with love and respect for the legendary singer.

Sean Combs, aka, Diddy tweeted: "R.I.P Teena Marie. God Bless. Damn I just saw her the other day."

From Mary J. Blige: "Rest in peace Teena Mari. My Love love for u is forever."

Sheila E tweeted: "I will miss my girl Teena Marie, Real music by real people. God bless my sistah and her family. U will be missed."

Marie's daughter, Alia Rose, found her. She just turned 19 on Christmas Day, which Marie tweeted about:

“19 yrs ago today, I was in labor! My heavenly father gave me the most glorious gift I could ever receive. A Baby girl on Christmas!”

Eddie Levert, founder of music group The O'Jays, lauded Marie not only as a singer but a mother to CNN.

"There are a lot of black people who swore by her and believed in her, as far as her music was concerned," he said. "She was a good mom, and to me, that is saying a lot.''

Marie also eerily tweeted the lyrics to a song by Sarah Vaughn on Christmas day: "May you never grow old, and may I never die."

R.I.P. Teena Marie.

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