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It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of R&B singer, songwriter, producer and musician Teena Marie. The California native was born on March 5, 1956 and named Mary Christine Brockert, but she was affectionately called Lady T by many of her fans.

While Motown was a record label that became legendary for the huge success of African-Americans, Teena Marie made her mark as a White woman. First as a back-up singer for Smokey Robinson, famously for her work with Rick James, and especially for her work as a solo artist of many talents.

The cause of Teena Marie’s death has not yet been announced, but we will update this post immediately as soon as it’s revealed.

UPDATE: According to The Huffington Post, Teena Marie’s daughter Alia Rose “found her dead in her home today, and suffered a seizure last month.”

UPDATE #2: Alia Rose is an aspiring singer who frequently sang onstage with her mother, celebrated her own birthday yesterday (Christmas), and sadly, discovered her deceased mother today (December 26th). While Teena Marie had experienced bouts with seizures, it is not believed to be the cause of her death.

Rest in peace, Lady T. Take a look at her performance of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” on BET’s Celebration of Gospel from 2009.

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