10:02 AM PST, December 28, 2010
PASADENA ( KTLA) -- An autopsy was planned Tuesday for Grammy-nominated R&B singer, song-writer and producer Teena Marie.
Marie died at her home in Pasadena Sunday at the age of 54.
Sources close to the family tell KTLA that the singer died in her sleep and was discovered by her daughter, Alia Rose, who sings under the name Rose Le Beau.
While no cause of death has been released, the singer's publicist Lynn Jeter said that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure marked by loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions a month ago.
It was not known when the autopsy results would be released.
Marie was best known for her work with the late funk legend Rick James. Marie was signed to Motown in 1976 and was one of the most successful white artists to record for the label.
Born Marie Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, Teena Marie rose to prominence in the late 70s and 80s.
She released 13 studio albums, six of which went platinum on the US R&B chart. Two of her albums went platinum, and six altogether were gold.
Marie's biggest hit came in 1984 with her single 'Lovergirl,' which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The day before her passing on Christmas day, Marie headed to Twitter to wish fans a Merry Christmas.
"May Gods Light always shine on you and your family! May you have the most joyous Holiday season ever! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!," Marie wrote.