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Teena Marie

Born: 1956-03-05 - Died: 2010-12-27
Cause of Death:
Teena Marie's death has not been officially released yet but authorities that found her said it looked like natural causes.


Death Summary:

Who was Teena Marie : Teena Marie was an American singer-songwriter nicknamed Lady Tee, considered an R&B legend who proclaimed herself as the "Ivory Queen of Soul" because she was one of the first successful white performers of that genre of music. She had many classic hits including a duet with her mentor Rick James called "Fire and Desire".

Marie was born in Santa Monica, CA but grew up in the more African-American area of Oakwood, CA where she was raised on Motown music. As a child, she received an acting role on "The Beverly Hillbillies" and sang at the famous actor Jerry Lewis' wedding.

Marie played all types of instruments including rhythm guitar, keyboards, congas and others. In 1980 her album "Irons of Fire," which she wrote, arranged and sang, was released. She considered this her favorite album. She also had many top hits on the black singles charts in her years as a musician.

Teena Marie released an album, "La Doña" in 2004, and a follow up in 2006 "Sapphire". Both were successes but "La Doña" became a gold certified record and peaked at #6 on the billboard charts.

Her official cause of death hasn't been announced yet, but authorities that found her said it looked like natural causes. She had one teenage daughter who is following closely in her footsteps as a singer-songwriter.
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71 Signatures in Teena Marie's guestbook

  1. Stacey Says:

    May God be with her family and friends.She and her music will truly be missed.A star that will be remember forever.Love You n God Bless.

  2. Alana Says:

    Rest In Paradise ! Yu Will Truly Be Missed ! <3

  3. Rochelle Outlaw Says:

    Hello Teena!!

    I have to write my heart out to you, you truly star on earth and will be truly be miss. I know you at peace and i know you have all the love, from God as you enter the gate of heaven but before you leave before you go please take my love with you. I miss you Lady T R.I.P

  4. Phillip Ghee Says:

    Please continue the efforts to get Teena her star, her passing was a blow to all of us who cheerished her music. I had always assumed that she had a star and; upon hearing of her passing, was shocked to find out she did not. I was planning to place a flower there.

    As for myself, her lyrics were so poetic and reached into the deepest places of the soul. She gave words and harmony to emotions that many of us can not even comprehend or identify. Thank you Teena may you rest in peace and may (as your song states) Jesus, shine his heavenly light on you once again.

    Phillip Ghee

  5. Pat Beaty Says:

    There will never be no other like you. R.I.P. Lady T.

  6. Ron Lake Says:

    Like many great stars Teena left us way too soon.

  7. Ava durr Says:

    Teena, my heart is heavy, I have cried for you just like we share blood, thank you for all of the truly great music, I went to see you ,everytime you were here in la, even drove to the house of blues in san diego to see you, and you never let me down the show was always off the chart. I last saw you at a benefit concert at cowan elementary in westchester ca in may ,video some of the show ,I will never delete it. On christmas I went on a road trip ,played your music all the way up there and back, you will truly be missed ,I love you lady t. I will from Sunday. Until I can’t pray for your daughter alia rose. Rest in peace Ladt T.

  8. Jasmyn Says:

    you were my legend you still are my legend I love you and you will be missed!!!

  9. Leslye Says:

    Teena – rest in peace, we will always have your music with us. We’ll miss your honest, pure, beautiful voice.

  10. SHION BATISTE Says:

    R.I.P TINA MARIE I LOVED HER MUSIC SHE WAS A TALENTED PERSON AND SHE WILL BE SADLY MISSED MAY HER MUSIC LIVE ON THROUGH HER BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER

  11. SHION BATISTE Says:

    TINA MARIE WE LUV U R.I.P

  12. SHION BATISTE Says:

    HI! TEENA AGAIN I HAVE SAY TO U AGAIN U ARE TRULY MISSED MY FAMILY LOVES YOUR POETIC MUSIC, AND JUST YOUR DOWN TO EARTH STYLE, YOU BROUGHT THE REAL TO THE STAGE NOT ONLY WITH YOUR MUSIC BUT TO ADD YOUR PERSONALITY AND TRUST ME YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IMITATED BUT NEVER DUPLICATED.

  13. SHION BATISTE Says:

    HI! TEENA I HAVE TO SAY TO U AGAIN U ARE TRULY MISSED MY FAMILY LOVES YOUR POETIC MUSIC, AND JUST YOUR DOWN TO EARTH STYLE, YOU BROUGHT THE REAL TO THE STAGE NOT ONLY WITH YOUR MUSIC BUT TO ADD YOUR PERSONALITY AND TRUST ME YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IMITATED BUT NEVER DUPLICATED.

  14. Mary Says:

    What a HUGH lost in the music world! Teena, your music was “life”, it touched peoples soul. Every time I would listen to your music, I felt as though you were standing right before me, pouring out your soul in every laric…every song…you were simply amazing and beautiful! You were a breath of fresh air and we all embraced you, black, white…it didn’t matter, because your music showed no color, no separtism! You were a gifted artist and truly one of the best in the business. Your music will live in us forever and ever and may the good Lord bless your soul…Sweet Lady T…RIP!

  15. Yvette Says:

    her music was great that voice she was beautiful you are missed an will never be forgotten

  16. nelson Says:

    Teena, you made beautiful music. You proved that it does not matter the color of your skin, your music had soul that touched people.

  17. nelson Says:

    nelson pip

  18. Marcia Taylor Says:

    I love you and your music god bless u.

  19. ralston baker Says:

    Teena you sang so beautifully.Heaven will welcome you with open arms.peace.

  20. olga elliott Says:

    you truly are the ivory queen of r&b and no one will take your place.god bless your family in this time of sorrow .ps love you

  21. LMenges Says:

    We will remember your voice always. We love you.

  22. Walter Bonds Says:

    Munch LUV for “LADY T” will be not forget,GOD bless your family and i know your song’s will go on. “Lovergirl-Square Biz.LUV you LADY T.

  23. SHUREE G Says:

    THE HARD PART IS LIVING….THE HARD PART IS OVER FOR TEENA MARIE.SHE WILL BE MISSED AS A PERFORMER.GOD BLESS HER DAUGHTER.THIS IS TRULY A SAD STORY.A REAL FAN

  24. cherry morgan Says:

    97.9 fm la mega. 93.1 fm amor. wfuv 90.7 fm. hot 97. 1-800-223-9797. 98.7 kiss fm. wnye 91.5 fm. wkcr 89.9 fm. x 96.3 fm. 1190am wlib. wbai.99.5 fm. 107.5fm wbls. 103.5 ktu. mtv. mtv2. tres. bet. centric. vh1. vh1 classic. africa channel. tv one. music choice and more. ustream. twitter. youtube. facebook. myspace and tenminmix. now playing teena marie rest in peace forever.

  25. Shenny van Says:

    Shenny

  26. Edith Nixon Says:

    Tina you are a classic soul sista and you will be
    greaty missed

  27. Lois Says:

    Teena, I am sad. I am heartbroken. But I do believe in God just as you did and he tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:13 that I would not have you ignorant for those who are sleeping. Rest in Peace my Dear. I miss you and I will see you again when Jesus returns. May God be with her daughter and lift her spirits. God Bless.

  28. Tasha Crawford Says:

    I love your music and you will be truly missed

  29. Chris Thorne Says:

    You had that magic voice. “Fire and Desire” is still one of the best duets ever.

  30. Pat Beaty Says:

    love you lady rest in peace

  31. Robin Mcneair Says:

    The world was a better place when you got here; Now that you’re gone what a lost of spirit love and life do me and mine feel

  32. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    I am so Sorry….Such a Beautiful,Talented Woman….such a Loss..
    …So Very sorry to hear of the Loss to the World…God will take good care of them….Their Passing is Never easy…I know..It is never easy..Blessings to the Family…
    Sincerely,Lisa Palmgren Hogg

  33. DJ E Says:

    angel in the sky, often times one looks at death and ask the question why, to me you will always remain an angel in the sky….

  34. VICTORIA Says:

    The Ivory Queen is sitting on her throne.Safe journey.GOD BLESS

  35. candy finister Says:

    Sorry for the lost.

  36. Audrey Wilson Says:

    I Have Loved You Since 1980 … You Are The Most Amazing Singer There Ever Was In My Life Time! I Will Always Love You And Your Music~ OX ~ Rest In Piece Lady T

  37. Audrey Wilson Says:

    Alia … Be Strong Baby Girl…Ur Mom Was Crazy About You…OX

  38. Beast Says:

    teena marie was a very talented person and we will miss her dearly throughout our lives… R.I.P teena marie we love youu!!!!

  39. jeanette barker Says:

    Sing with the angels and bless the clouds with your golden voice

  40. Felicia Elliott Says:

    Rest In Peace to the very talented Teena Marie, you had a voice like an angel,I was and still am a very big fan of your music and style.

  41. sherry simmons Says:

    Thank-you for sharing what you loved and did so beautifully with us God bless

  42. dl lex 1 Says:

    we love you

  43. stevej6x7 Says:


    The Lord giveth
    Come what may.
    Blessed be the name of the Lord.

  44. JUANIATA Says:

    i miss her so very much i love her and every song she sing, i pray that her daughter is doing fine,i know how it feel not to have your mother my mother died when i was 21, with two childer, i well keep you in my pray, know that GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL AND HE LOVE YOUR MOTHER AND YOU i will always love LADY TEEEEEE MY LADY

  45. Linda Says:

    RIP Miss Tee sorry u had 2 go! I enjoyed your music and your beauty. Your legion will live one 2. love u

  46. Linda Says:

    RIP Miss Tee sorry u had 2 go! I enjoyed your music and your beauty. Your legion will live on 2. love u

  47. marquisia boughton Says:

    r.i.p u r still a legend

  48. LIZ adames Says:

    grew up with ur music. especially ( i need ur lovin), brings back so many memories. r.i.p, lady tee!!!.

  49. netty cole Says:

    rip lady tee i will always remember you and keep you in my heart your music will always live on you was always my angel love you and may god bless your daugther

  50. Sherman E. Newell Says:

    We will miss you, you still give me hours of pleasure with the son “Lover Girl”,

  51. jose manuel gonzalez Says:

    i´m so sorry. by this death…i´ts very sad…good bye tina…you´ll be missed…

  52. Aarika Davis,SS Maryland Says:

    What a God Gifted voice. You will truly be missed. Rest in peace.

  53. Linda Williams,SS Maryland Says:

    Lady Tee had a voice of Soul. When she sang, you feel nothing but love. You will be forever missed. Rest in peace…

  54. Judy Cooks Says:

    Teena was truly a legend and inspiration.
    RIP to Lady Tee, rest in PEACE…

  55. Ana Sophia Says:

    My mother loved Tina Marie and all her songs..as a kid at times I would think my mother thought she was her.We all love tina

  56. Lisa Norton Says:

    I only discovered tonight Tina had died, terribly shocked, sincere condolences to her family and friends. Her songs remind me of my youth xxx

  57. EVETTE Says:

    OMG!!!!! I AM SO OLD SCHOOL.I HAVE EVERYONE OF HER SONGS ON LP’S AND CD’S. I LOVED YOUR MUSIC SINCE YOU CAME ON THE SEEN WHEN NO ONE SAW YOU AS BEING WHITE. THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER IVORY QUEEN OF SOUL AND R&B. GOD BLESS YOUR DAUGHTER THAT YOU LEAVE BEHIND. I CAN ONLY HOPE IN HER SPIRIT LAYS YOUR SOUL. PLEASE CONTINUE TO REST IN PEACE ‘IVORY QUEEN OF SOUL’

  58. Rhonda Says:

    Your my favorite female artist. Rest in peace LADY T.

  59. Makaila Says:

    Rest in piece Teena Marie . We all love you :)

  60. grace and kaylee Says:

    god bless her

  61. ANGELA HARDRICK Says:

    MY HEART JUST ACHES……… I HAD JUST SAW HER IN CONCERT WITH THE TIME………. OMG………. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL GODDESS… WHAT A DIVINE VOICE….. WHAT A LOVING SPIRIT…. YOU WILL BE DEARLY MISSED……….. RIP ………. ETERNAL FAN ANGIE

  62. Sara Says:

    Miss you so much

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  64. Jordan Says:

    Lots of people will miss you!

  65. Mariesa Huthwaite Says:

    R.I.P Teena,you will never be forgotten.

  66. Mariesa Huthwaite Says:

    R.I.P. Teena,you had an amazing voice.

  67. Davonna Says:

    Im Only 14 But Use To Listen To your songs alot and it was very devastating when you passed. <3

  68. Victor RamosGlez Says:

    I’m such of great fan of Lady T, I do love or her music so much and remember back when I was station in Fort Jackson(1981) to dance of your greatest music, for me is a shock to find out one great singer gone, Love you Miss Teena Marie !!!

  69. OLYMPHIA BENTON Says:

    rip

  70. Cynthia Bowie Says:

    Tina you are a Angel…and everything you have done has been blessed…R.I.P

  71. charles parker Says:

    I miss you “lady T”


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