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R&B singer Teena Marie has passed away at the age of 54. is reporting that the Grammy nominated singer once known as Rick James’ protégée — died in her sleep last night at the age of 54. Marie, nicknamed Lady Tee,  was one of the few successful white performers of R&B. She played guitar, keyboards and congas. Teena recently teamed up with Faith Evans on “Can’t Last A Day,” Teena’s first single off the album “Congo Square”, which celebrated her 30-year anniversary in the music industry in 2009.

Hours before she died, Teena Marie tweeted this on her Twitter page: Sarah Vaughan “May You never grow old, and may I never die”…

Take a look at Teena performing “Fire & Desire”:

Teena Marie’s “Lovergirl”:

PLAY OR SLAY? Teena + Faith’s “Can’t Last A Day”

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