‘Square Biz’ Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54
Grammy nominated singer Teena Marie — once known as Rick James’ protÃ©gÃ©e — died in her sleep last night at her home in Pasadena at the age of 54 … TMZ has confirmed with Teena’s rep Lynn Jeter. [tmz.com]
Relatives found Teena’s body Sunday morning at her home. Relatives tell TMZ Teena seemed fine yesterday, when she spent Christmas with her brother. Teena spoke at length yesterday with Lynn, who tells TMZ Teena seemed “fine.”
The singerâ€“songwriterâ€“producer. Marie, nicknamed Lady Tee, (sometimes spelled Lady T), was a protÃ©gÃ©e of funk legend Rick James, She was best known for her hits Square Biz & Lover Girl which remain amongst of the most iconic songs of the 80’s . She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also wrote, produced, sang and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release Irons in the Fire. She said it was her favorite album. She had a daughter, Alia Rose, who, as of 2009, sang under the name Rose Le Beau.