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- Posted on Dec 28th 2010 4:30PM by Brian Voerding
"I've never really talked much about it in depth, but I would not be here," he said in a shaky, unrehearsed video recorded Monday on his iPhone in Paris shortly after he received the news. "She changed my life. Not only as an artist but as a person. She truly loved me for who I was."
The 46-year-old guitarist and singer said Marie was nearly single-handedly responsible for his success. She took him in from the streets when he was a teenage street musician and homeless, having left his parents when they grew ambivalent about his budding musical aspirations.
"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 nurtured me and helped me become who I am," he said.
"I will always love you and respect you," Kravitz concluded in the video. "Thank you for being my friend. Thank you, Father, for the life of Teena Marie."