Sunday, December 26, 2010

Soul singer Teena Marie found dead

Teena Marie, best known for her funky soul hits, was found dead at her home by her daughter, according to reports. She was 54.

The news of her death quickly spread on Twitter, where users have recently been falsely reporting the deaths of many prominent celebrities, including Morgan Freeman.

Unfortunately, tweets reporting Marie's death tonight were indeed true.

The "Square Biz" singer was also known for her relationship with the late Rick James. The pair last performed their hit song, "Fire & Desire" at the 2004 BET Awards. (watch video below)

The cause of her death is not yet known.

CNN's Roland Martin was among the first to confirm the news.

"Mike Gardner, the manager of @, just told me that it is true: the legendary R&B singer has indeed died," Martin tweeted tonight around 9 p.m.

"No cause of death has been provided in the death of Teena Marie. Her manager, Mike Gardner, said her body is at the coroner's office," read another Martin tweet.

Her manager also told Martin that it was Marie's daughter, Alia Rose, who found her mother dead. Rose just celebrated her 19th birthday yesterday.

Other entertainers, including Sheila E., Ronald Isley and Kym Whitley, have also taken to Twitter to confirm Marie's passing.

"I just found out I lost my friend @. Im not responding to any tweets. Signing off," tweeted Whitley, who said she just spoke to Marie yesterday.

"You dont get a prize for being the first to announce someone is dead & who wants to deliver that kind of news," Whitley continued on Twitter.

Side Note from M.Feenz:
I never saw Teena Marie perform live, but I did *hear* her performing at an outdoor show at Chene Park in Detroit in 2006. I remember leaving the office at the Associated Press, which was near the park on the Detroit River, and I was absolutely blown away by the power in her voice. Even well past her prime, she still had it. What a singer. RIP Lady T

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