Teena Marie, Motown's 'Ivory Queen of Soul,' dead at 54

Teena Marie, the protege of funk legend Rick James and one of soul music's first successful white acts, died Sunday of natural causes.



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Teena Marie, a silky soul singer who made history as Motown's first white female act and developed a lasting legacy of hits under the tutelage of funk wizard Rick James, died Sunday at her home in Pasadena, Calif. A statement from police said the death appeared to be from natural causes.

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