Singer Teena Marie dies in her sleep

Dec. 26, 2010 at 11:05 PM
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PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Grammy-nominated rhythm-and-blues singer Teena Marie was found dead in her California home Sunday, apparently of natural causes, police said. She was 54.

Lynn Jeter, the representative for the singer, who was born Mary Christine Brockert, told TMZ Teena died in her sleep at her Pasadena home. Pasadena police said they do not suspect foul play and the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office will do an autopsy to determine the cause of death, the entertainment Web site said.

A one-time protege of Rick James, Teena -- also nicknamed Lady T -- earned four Grammy nominations. Her first Top 10 hit was "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love." The first of her 13 studio albums was 1979's "Wild and Peaceful" and the last was "Congo Square" in 2009.

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