I am absolutely hurt through and through that it has been reported that R & B Singer Teena Marie has died at the age of 54. 

 A source close to the family of Teena Marie says the Grammy-nominated R&B singer, song-writer and producer has died. She was 54 years old.Details of her passing are not readily available however sources close to the family tell KTLA that the singer died in her sleep and was discovered by her daughter, Alia Rose who sings under the name Rose Le Beau.

Marie was best known for her work with the late funk legend Rick James. Marie was signed to Motown in 1976 and was one of the most successful white artists to record for the label.  Born Marie Christine Brockert, Teena Marie rose to prominence in the late 70s and 80s.

She released 13 studio albums, six of which went platinum on the US R&B chart. Two of her albums went platinum, and six altogether were gold.  Marie’s biggest hit came in 1984 with her single ‘Lovergirl,’ which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

 Teena Marie has been one of my favorite Artists since she first came on the music scene  in the late 1970’s.  She was such a tremendous talent!  Her Concerts were so entertaining that I tried to see her everytime that she came into the Bay Area.  My biggest problem with Teena Marie when I saw her was that she didn’t have enough time to sing all of her songs!  Portuguese Love, Fire and Desire (with the late Rick James), Dear Lover, Midnight Magnet, Young Love, Irons in the Fire, etc…. I loved them all!  She will be missed.