Urban comedian Lil Duval has upset fans of recently deceased R&B singer Teena Marie by sarcastically questioning her passing over the weekend.
Writing via his Twitter account, Duval also questioned fans’ appreciation for Marie’s legacy.
“@MsTeenaMarie hey are u dead?,” Duval tweeted Sunday (December 26) night.
“I hope teena marie isn’t dead so we can really see how much y’all care & go to her next show. Wit y’all full of sh*t a**es”
“N*ggaz love to pull this out they a** when somebody dies “I just thinking bout them”
“The difference between me and u is I don’t just care for the moment.”
“Hey if y’all care go buy teena Marie music right now so her family can still eat off the legacy she left for us.”
“Let’s make this shit trend #unfollowlilduval it’ll make u feel so much better”
“when u hear about someone dying what’s the 1st thing u do? call or hit up the source right? But I’m ignorant” (Lil Duval’s Twitter)
The initial tweet reportedly upset a slew of Twitter users who attacked Duval’s remarks.
The tweet sent many into an uproar with some followers even wishing death upon Duval himself: “I HOPE U DIEWITH YO BROKETRIFFLIN A**U F*CKING LOOSE MONKEY IWILL FIND U B*TCH IHOPE U GET F*CKED IN YO BOOTY WIT N AIDS D*CKB*TCH [sic],” tweeted @LADyTRNA. But how wrong is Duval really? If so many view Twitter as purely unfiltered entertainment, is a self-proclaimed ignorant entertainer corrupt for tweeting in the same manner he usually does? Perhaps the answer’s yes. (VIBE)
Chicago rap veteran Common shared his thoughts on Marie’s unexpected passing at the age of 54.
“R.I.P. Lady T! Your rhyme in Square Biz is and will always be classic material!,” he tweeted Monday (December 27).
“Teena and I are both Pisces and we believe that we’ve been here before. Thats why De Ja Vu is my favorite song #teenamarie” (Common’s Twitter)
R&B singer Alicia Keys also expressed her sorrow over Marie’s death.
“Teena Marie??????Why???? how??? ;-(,” she tweeted Monday.
“God bless Teena Marie & her Family!Sending Blessings &prayers I was jus sayin tht fire & desire is 1 of the most beautifully performd songs!”
“Once a beautiful song, always a beautiful song! Certain songs jus have that “THING”! What a SANGIN Lady! Fire & Desirehttp://t.co/LECc2i8″ (Alicia Keys’ Twitter)
Reports of Marie’s passing landed online late Sunday evening.
R&B singer and songwriter Teena Marie, best known for the hit 1980s singles “Lovergirl” and “Ooo La La La,” died at her home in Los Angeles on Sunday, according to news reports. She was 54. The cause of death was not known, and a spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment. Her friend, percussionist Sheila E, reported on Twitter that Teena Marie had a history of seizures. (ABC News)
Check out Teena Marie’s “Lovergirl” down below: