Rick James’ Protege Teena Marie Dead at 54

Teena Marie was found dead at her home in Pasedena yesterday by her family.  She was only 54.  Authorities say that no foul play is suspected and no drugs have been found.  It looks like she just died of natural causes in her sleep, but we won’t know for certain until the toxicology reports get back in a few weeks.

Teena suffered a grand mal seizure a month ago, but it is unclear if that had anything to do with her death.

A grand mal seizure — also known as a tonic-clonic seizure — features a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. It’s the type of seizure most people picture when they think about seizures in general.  Grand mal seizure is caused by abnormal electrical activity throughout the brain. In some cases, this type of seizure is triggered by other health problems, such as extremely low blood sugar or a stroke. However, most of the time grand mal seizure is caused by epilepsy.  Many people who have a grand mal seizure will never have another one. However in some people, daily anti-seizure medications are needed to control grand mal seizure.

Perhaps Teena suffered one in her sleep?  It’s just so sad.  She was so young and so talented.

[Teena Marie] was an American singer, songwriter and producer. Marie, nicknamed Lady Tee, was a protégée of funk legend Rick James, and was notable as one of the few successful white performers of R&B.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Teena’s family and friends during this time of great loss.

R.I.P. Teena Marie March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010