Teena Marie, a celebrated R&B singer-songwriter, was found dead Sunday at her California home, her manager said. She apparently died in her sleep and was found by her daughter.
“Teena was a black voice trapped in a white body,” said Cathy Hughes, 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.”
While no cause of death has been released, the singer’s publicist Lynn Jeter said that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure — a neurological event, marked by loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions, according to the Mayo Clinic — a month ago.
Check out one of her biggest hits, “Lovergirl,” after the jump!