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WATCH NOW: Rest In Peace To A Music Legend, TEENA MARIE



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Happy Holidays Guys & Dolls,

I am pretty sure, you all have heard the sad news about the sudden passing away of musical icon, Teena Marie.

My good friend and R&B artist, Elijah Connor apprised me of Ms. Teena Marie‘s passing yesterday late afternoon. A quick check on the web revealed that the music legend’s passing had not been picked up by the news outlets. So at first, I brushed it off because there were no official reports confirming her demise…

And as I was doing some research on the “Ivory Queen of Soul”, I ran across this BlackTree TV interview with Teena Marie that was shot in October of this year….

Roland Martin, CNN & TV One Analyst confirmed the news over Twitter.

By Roland S. Martin:

Teena Marie, who dazzled R&B audiences for years with her soulful voice and powerful, high-energy stage performances, died Sunday at her home in California.

Mike Gardner, Marie’s manager, told me that Marie died after her 18-year-old daughter, Alia Rose Brockert was unable to wake her in her bed (Marie was born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California).

No cause of death for the 54-year-old four-time Grammy Award nominee has been released pending an autopsy by the coroner’s office, Gardner said.

Lynn Jeter, Marie’s publicist, said a month ago, the singer suffered a grand mal seizure.

“Her and her little girl were watching a movie,” Jeter said. “(Alia Rose) was in the bed with her. Luckily someone was there. They called 9-1-1. The ambulance took her to the hospital. On the way, she had another seizure.”

Jeter said Marie couldn’t get an appointment with a neurologist for nearly three weeks, and she was provided medication to handle the seizure. But Jeter said that the medicine prescribed “made her suicidal,” so Marie “reduced the meds herself.”

Neither Jeter nor Marie’s family would reveal to me what specific medication Marie was administered for the seizures.

Jeter said she and Marie talked at least once a week, and sine the seizure, twice a week.

Jeter said they had a “great” conversation yesterday, and Marie was excited about heading to Atlanta to perform this week, her first concert since suffering the seizure.

“She evidently died in her sleep and her daughter found her,” Jeter said.

Here is an A/P report on her:

Rest in peace Ms. Teena Marie

Our condolences and prayers go out to her family & friends.

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What is your favorite song, memory of TEENA MARIE?!

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Speak on it! We love to hear from you guys!

Wishing you and your loved ones a spectacular New Year!

Photo: Getty Images

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