Keith Sweat and Mary Jane Girls Tribute Teena Marie on Valentines Day

It’s going on 2 months since the untimely and shocking death of Lady T, Teena Marie and she has not been forgotten.

On Valentines Day, February 14, Keith Sweat and the Mary Jane Girls are teaming up to pay tribute to the late singer, songwriter and producer at the Nokia Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Ironically, Teena was supposed to headline the show.

Later this year, Sweat and The Whispers will also be part of a Mother’s Day tribute to the late star in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They’ll join Charlie Wilson at the May 7 celebration.

Family, Friends Say Goodbye to Teena Marie

”She was not a spiritual human being, but a spirit having a human experience.”

Dressed in white hundreds of close friends and family gathered at Forest Lawn today to say goodbye to R&B superstar, Teena Marie, at an afternoon memorial service. The singer, producer, died December 26, in her Pasadena home, but no signs of trauma were found according to investigators. She was 54.

In attendance were music legends, Stevie Wonder, Smokie Robinson, Berry Gordy, and R&B greats Johnny Gill, George Duke, Deniece Williams, Shanice Wilson, and Norwood Young. Near the start of the service, an emotional Wilson shared a special moment when Marie became her unofficial “auntie”. After the story she delivered a beautiful performance of “Ave Maria.”

Later, a medley of Marie’s hits were performed by a group, as baby pictures and photos with friends and family, including Rick James, were displayed on a large screen.

The performance was a musical reminder to celebrate Teena Marie’s life and talents, not just mourn the loss of it. When songs “Square Biz” and “I Need Your Lovin” were sung many attendees bobbed their heads to the beat, while soulful ballads “Dear Lover” and “Portuguese Love” moved some to sway to the music.

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What is a Grand Mal Seizure and did it Cause Teena Marie’s Death?

While medical authorities are technically attributing Teena Marie’s death to natural causes, there is little doubt that a grand mal seizure played a significant contributing role in her death Sunday.

Born Mary Christine Brockert, the sensational white soul singer had suffered a grand mal seizure approximately ten days ago.

Also known as a tonic-clonic seizure, a grand mal involves violent muscle contractions and a loss of consciousness. It is indeed what most people mentally picture when they hear the word “seizure.” Generally, a grand mal seizure is triggered by other health problems ranging from extremely low blood sugar to epilepsy. Risk factors include heavy alcohol or drug use.

In Teena Marie’s case, little is publicly known except that she had an ongoing battle with prescription drug use over the past few years. However, authorities at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota tell us it is perfectly possible to have a grand mal seizure once and never have one again. The seizure may last for five minutes or more and be followed by a period of disorientation.

Mayo Clinic experts, who are widely considered the best in the country at handling seizures, say if a person is having a grand mal seizure immediately call for medical help, gently roll them onto their side and put something soft under their head. However, the “don’ts” include “do not try to restrain them” and “do not put anything in their mouth.” The notion that a person having a seizure may swallow his or her tongue is simply not true. The tongue cannot be swallowed.

A key to survival appears to be what occurs immediately after the seizure. It could be followed by a second seizure. This is one reason that medical care should be sought as soon as possible.

Video: Lenny Kravitz on Teena Marie: ‘She Took Care of Me’

Lenny Kravitz has taken to Twitter to reveal the deep connection he shared with Teena Marie.

The musician sent out a personal video in dedication to the singer.

“Good morning, I’m in Paris and I just woke to the tragic news that my sister [and] long time friend, Teena Marie, passed away yesterday,” he said. “I want to send all my love and respect out to her family. And I just want to say Teena Marie was a treasure, genius, composer, arranger, singer, musician, unique, underrated by far and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Teena.

“She took me in when I was around 16. I was just a musician on the street. I was living from pillar to post. She took me in and gave me a bedroom. She fed me, she cooked for me, took care of me. She gave me instruments to play, she took me to all her recording sessions and concerts. She nurtured me and helped me to become who I am. I never really talked much about it in depth, but I would not be here. She changed my life not only as an artist but as a person who truly loved me for who I was.

“We’ve been out of contact for the last few years but I just want to say that ‘Teena I will always love and respect you.’ Thank you for being my friend-thank you Father for the life of Teena Marie.”

Watch the video below.

Report: Teena Marie’s Previous Seizure Broke Ribs; Singer Stopped Taking Medication

TMZ is citing sources who say Teena Marie’s death could have been caused by a grand mal seizure — the same type of seizure she had suffered a month before her death on Sunday.

Close family friends tell the website that she has suffered other seizures in the past, but the November grand mal shook her up badly, even breaking two of her ribs.

“We’re told the L.A. County Coroner’s Office found the antiseizure drug diazepam at Teena’s home, but friends say she had stopped taking the medicine because of side effects and began taking herbal remedies instead,” TMZ reported.

Friends also tell the website that Teena was so scared of having another grand mal seizure she would have someone sleep next to her at night.

Friends say on Saturday night someone slept in the same room with Teena and left in the morning.  Teena was talking with her bodyguard at around 11:30 a.m.  She went back to bed in the early afternoon — no one was with her when she slept. Teena’s daughter checked in with her at around 1 p.m. and Teena was fine.

But at around 3 p.m., Teena’s daughter checked in with her again, and found her unresponsive.

The Coroner has said signs point to death from natural causes.  But “natural causes” could be death from a seizure.

  • A grand mal seizure, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website, “features a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. It’s the type of seizure most people picture when they think about seizures in general. Also known as a tonic-clonic seizure — grand mal seizure is caused by abnormal electrical activity throughout the brain. In some cases, this type of seizure is triggered by other health problems, such as extremely low blood sugar or a stroke. However, most of the time grand mal seizure is caused by epilepsy. Many people who have a grand mal seizure will never have another one. However in some people, daily anti-seizure medications are needed to control grand mal seizure.”

Diddy, Sheila E., Mary J., More Remember Teena Marie

The sudden death of Teena Marie has generated shock and sadness among her fans and friends in the music industry, many of whom took to Twitter to share memories and express condolences, reports MTV.

Diddy tweeted: “R.I.P Teena Marie. God Bless. Damn I just saw her the other day.”

Mary J. Blige also took to Twitter to pay her final respects to the influential artist, who was a friend and protégé of Rick James’. “Rest in peace Teena Marie,” Blige wrote. “My Love for u is forever.”

Common cited their shared astrological sign as a reason he felt so connected to her music. “Teena and I are both Pisces and we believe that we’ve been here before,” he tweeted. “That’s why ‘De Ja Vu’ is my favorite song.”

Prince protégé Sheila E, also shared how much she will miss the singer on Twitter. “I will miss my girl Teena Marie, Real music by real people. God bless my sistah and her family. U will be missed.”

R&B songwriting duo Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff, who wrote hits like “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” the “Soul Train” theme song and “Back Stabbers,” remembered the singer in a statement: “We’re shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Teena Marie. She was one of the most memorable, soulful and unique R&B vocalists to come out of Motown. We send our condolences to Teena’s family, the entire Motown family and of course, our dear friend Berry Gordy.”

Eddie Levert, founder of the O’Jays, recalled Marie’s personal and professional contributions in a statement to CNN. “There are a lot of black people who swore by her and believed in her, as far as her music was concerned,” he said. “She was a good mom, and to me, that is saying a lot.”

Marie was known for hits like “Lovergirl” and “Square Biz.” Her daughter found her dead Saturday night, Marie’s manager said. No cause of death has been released, but her publicist said Marie suffered a grand mal seizure a month ago, from which she was still recovering.

It’s Shaq James, B*tch! Video

With too much time on his hands due to an injury, Cleveland Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal had fun with a wig and a web cam on Sunday.

The same day his soon-to-be ex premiered her VH1 reality show “Basketball Wives,” Shaq delivered a stirring lip-sync rendition of Rick James and Teena Marie’s “Fire and Desire,” then posted it on YouTube. Watch below.

[Also, scroll down to watch bonus clip of Shaq singing Aaliyah’s “At Your Best.”]

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