Teena Marie passes away at 54
Marie signed to Motown records in 1976, and soon after became the protege of Rick James. Her work had a huge influence on the R&B world, as evidenced by the outpouring of support coming from her fans: "Rest in peace, Teena Marie, My love for u is forever," tweeted Mary J. Blige, while Sheila E wrote, "I will miss my girl Teena Marie, Real music by real people. God bless my sistah and her family. U will be missed."
"Teena and I are both Pisces and we believe that we've been here before," wrote Common. "That's why 'DeJa Vu' is my favorite song."
In honor of Teena Marie, here are a few of her most memorable songs.