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Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Teena Marie dead at 54

Teena Marie, singer and Rick James protege, is dead at the age of 54. She was found unresponsive in her Pasadena home on Sunday and, according to Pasadena police, the death appeared to be from natural causes.

Although Marie had a long career, starting at Motown records, she's most remembered for her '80s-era hit "Lovergirl:"

"Teena was a black voice trapped in a white body," said Cathy Hughes to CNN. Hughes is founder of Radio One, a broadcasting company that targets African-American and urban listeners. "I would always tell her that she was one of the greatest vocalists of our time."

No cause of death has been released but, according to CNN, Marie's publicist said she suffered a grand mal seizure in November from which she was still recovering.

Sources: The Associated Press, CNN

By Liz Kelly  |  07:57 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Categories:  Obits | Tags:  Teena Marie

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