R & B singer Teena Marie died Sunday at the age of 54. Nicknamed the “Ivory Queen of Soul,” she is known for her collaborations with Rick James and the Motown record label.
According to her agent Mike Gardner, she died in her sleep. She was found lifeless by her daughter at her home in California.
Teena Marie appeared on the R & B scene at the age of 19. She then signed a contract with the Motown label. She pursued a successful career with various record labels and has become an important figure in rhythm and blues music.
Her best known successes are, among others, “I’m a Sucker for Your Love”, “Ooo La La La”, “Lovergirl” and “Portuguese Love.”
It is unclear what caused the singer’s death but Pasadena Police Department said it appears that Teena died of natural causes. An autopsy will be performed by the L.A. County Coroner’s Office.