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R&B Legend Teena Marie passes

DAVE GOODSON | 4/12/2011, 5:28 p.m.

Marie tried her hand as an executive with an independent label called Sarai Records, which yielded one of her best-loved albums, "Passion Play." The financial burden of running a label proved to be difficult. That album contained the song "Main Squeeze," which featured Lenny Kravitz. Kravitz has made a despondent message regarding her passing, saying, "I've never really talked much about it in depth, but I would not be here if it wasn't for Teena Marie. She changed my life. Not only as an artist but as a person. She truly loved me for who I was. I was just a musician on the street; I was living from pillar to post. She took me in, she gave me a bedroom, she gave me instruments to play, she cooked for me, she took me to concerts, she nurtured me and helped me become who I am. I will always love you and respect you. Thank you for being my friend. Thank You father, for the life of Teena Marie."

Radio host Lenny Green said that Teena Marie was "one of the most gifted soul singers of our time, and her talents went beyond singing, to how special she was as a person because her spirit was always warm and giving, which allowed her music to touch our souls in a special way. I will miss her dearly, as millions of her fans will. But the treasure we have is the legacy of music that she left."

Marie is survived by her daughter Alia Rose Noelle, who was born on December 25. Details of the memorial services have yet to be announced.