Teena Marie - Gordy 'Horrified' By Teena Marie's Death

TEENA MARIE's mentor BERRY GORDY has spoken of his grief following the singer's sudden death over the holiday weekend (25-26Dec10) - insisting he is "horrified" by the tragedy.
The soul legend, who signed to Gordy's Motown record label in the late 1970s, passed away in her sleep at her home in Pasadena, California on Sunday (26Dec10). She was 54 years old.
Stars including Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Mary J. Blige and Lenny Kravitz led tributes to Marie after the news broke, and now her longtime friend and former boss Gordy spoken of his heartache.
He says in a statement, "I am horrified by the sudden death of my darling Teena Marie. She was my 'baby,' always true to herself, always true to her heart. When I first auditioned her she was so awesome she blew me away... She had so much soul - the only thing white about her was her skin. She was a powerhouse performer, writer, producer and arranger. Anyone who ever saw her perform, alone or with Rick James, will never forget how exciting music can be.
"My heart goes out to her sweet, sweet daughter, Alia Rose, her family, friends and fans. Teena Marie will always be a part of the Motown family. We will all miss her."


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Greetings everyone...I just wanted to send condolences to her family....I have been fan every since I was three years old. TEENA MARIE'S MUSIC WAS A HOUSEHOLD NECESSITYgrowing up in the early 80's...SQUARE BIZ IS THE SONG.THAT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH HER TALENT. SQUARE BIZ WOULD COME ON, AND ME AND MY COUSINS WOULD TEAR THE LIVING ROOM UP GROOVIN...IN GRADE SCHOOL I USED TO LISTEN TO THE "QUIET STORM" ON MAJIC 108(EAST ST.LOUIS/ST LOUIS) HER VOICE AND THE PASSION DISPLAYED IN HER BELLOWING VOICE WOULD PIERCE THROUGH ME... WATCHING VIDEO SOUL ONE DAY, I WAS IN FOR ONE OF THE GREATEST SHOCKS OF MY LIFE...I ASKED MYSELF,''WHOSE THE LADY ON VIDEO SOUL????" WHEN DONNIE SIMPSON SAID TEENAGE MARIE YOU COULD HAVE KNOCKED ME OVER WITH A FEATHER. I WAS GLUED TO THE TV FOR THE NEXT TWO HOURS WATCHING VIDEOS OF HER GREATEST HITS...THAT STUCK WITH ME TO THIS DAY..SHE WILL ALWAYS HOLD.A SPECIAL.PLACE IN MY HEART...SHE CHANGED THE R&B GAME IN SUCH A PROLIFIC MANNER...SHE CAN NEVER BE DENIED HER.PROPS. THE GAME WOULDN'T BE THE SAME WITHOUT.HER...MY DAUGHTER IS TWELVE AND SHE LIKES HER MUSIC...JUST LIKE HER MUSIC TEENA MARIEIS A TIMELESS ICON THAT WAS CALLED HOME...MAY SHE REST IN PEACE....
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Teena Marie was the bomb. A wonderful singer and entertainer. Always so confident and entertaining. I loved the lady and her music. My deepest prayers and love to her survivors,fans and friends. She will be missed. RIP... Lovely lady.Diggs FamilyHouston,TX
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