Well, this is making me feel a new kind of sad. Teena Marie, a bright shining star of my childhood, Rick James’ protégée and the angel who created hits like Lovergirl, I Need Your Lovin’ and Ooo La La La, has floated off to heaven at the young age of 54. Teena’s manager brings us the tragic news that she passed away in her sleep on Christmas night at her home in California. Teena’s daughter Alia Rose reportedly found her this morning.
As of right now, Teena’s cause of death isn’t known. Teena’s manager said that she suffered a seizure last month, but no other information was given. Sometime yesterday, Teena Tweeted this:
Sarah Vaughan “May You never grow old, and may I never die”…
Oh, Teena 🙁 She will live on forever thanks to her voice which is the reason why sequins sparkles and thanks to my cousins who still play her Irons in the Fire cassette at almost every family reunion.
Rest in peace, Teena. The piece of my childhood that choreographed a dance to Lovergirl in my living room died today too.