Singer-Songwriter-Producer Teena Marie, best known for her 1984 hit “Lovergirl,” died Sunday, CNN has reported. She was 54.
Mike Gardner, Marie’s manager, confirmed that she was found dead Sunday in her California home by her 19 year-old daughter, Alia Rose.
Martin added that Marie had suffered a grand mal seizure a month ago, but no cause of death was available Sunday.
Born Mary Christine Brockert on March 5, 1956, in Santa Monica, Marie was a protégée of the late Rick James and rose to prominence in the late 1970s and 80s.
She released 13 studio albums, six of which were certified platinum on the R&B charts, and was nominated for four Grammys. Her last album, Congo Square, was released in 2009.
Teena pictured with her daughter Alia back in October. Alia just celebrated her 19th birthday on Christmas. Teena tweeted: “19 yrs ago today, I was in labor! My heavenly father gave me the most glorious gift I could ever receive. A Baby girl on Christmas!”