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Published: Dec 28, 2010
Teena Marie Dead At 54 (Video) Grand Mal Seizure?
by Toshiba Reynolds

Teena Marie, Rick James one-time love, dies at 54. Once considered the first "white soul sister" as a professional singer, songwriter and performer, Teena Marie died under circumstances not yet explained after suffering a grand mal seizure about a month ago, reports AP.

Teena Marie, whose real name was Mary Christine Brockert, broke onto the Motown scene at the tender age of 20, catching the eye of mega-R&B funk star Rick James, who became her mentor and later her lover as they churned out hits that still blast the radio waves today.

Their rocky relationship lasted for a number of years, but James eventually married former dancer Tanya Hijazi.

Brockert had a lilting, rhymthic style, and in fact in her song Square Biz, did quite a nice rap sequence. She could play the piano and was considered a star from the moment her duet with James, I'm Just A Sucker For Your Love, hit the airwaves.

The stage name Teena Marie was adopted during those years, as the diminutive and energetic singer worked not only with James, but Minnie Riperton's husband Richard Rudolph, who allowed her to perform music he had written for his wife, who died of throat cancer just one year earlier. Their daughter, Maya, became Marie's goddaughter.

After what many would considered a storied career, including landmark lawsuits regarding record companies and artist contracts, Marie found herself in a battle with prescription drugs, which she overcame, and eventually ended up back on stage doing what she loved best - performing beautiful music.

She died the day after Christmas. We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends, she will be missed and remembered with great fondness to those of us from the era of disco, funk and soul.

Below is the news report about her death.

Here is an interview with Teena from 2009. Very nice.

And finally, here is Rick and Teena performing live, and you don't see this happen anymore!! Enjoy, may God rest their souls.

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