Legendary Motown singer Teena Marie has died at the age of 54.
The soul singer passed away in her sleep at her home in California on December 26th. Sadly, Alia Rose, daughter of Marie, discovered her.
Rapper P. Diddy is among the artists who have already paid tribute to Marie, writing on his Twitter page: “R.I.P Teena Marie. God Bless. Damn I just saw her the other day.”
Hip-hop artist Common has also paid his respects: “Teena and I are both Pisces and we believe that we’ve been here before. Thats why ‘De Ja Vu’ is my favorite song,” he said.
A fan, @stoneythomas, writes: “I’m shocked and feel sorrowful. R.I.P. Teena Marie, Lady Tee, one of the greatest Soul-Voices ever, your music lives on.”
On Christmas, the singer wrote on Twitter: “19 yrs ago today, I was in labor! My heavenly father gave me the most glorious gift I could ever receive. A Baby girl on Christmas!”
Marie, aka Mary Christine Brockert, suffered had a grand mal seizure a month ago but had been feeling better and was planning to return to the stage.
Marie, who often recorded under the name Lady T, was dubbed the “ivory queen of soul” after becoming the first white artist to be signed by Motown.
She scored her only US Number One single in 1988 with Ooo La La La. She released a comeback album La Dona in 2004, earning a Grammy nomination for best R&B female vocal performance.
In 2009, the singer told Associated Press that she had beaten an addiction to prescription drugs before releasing her final album, Congo Square.