*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 anti-seizure 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.”