TLC ‘Left’ without Lopes

By Staff Writer
May 2, 2002

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Fans and members of the music industry mourn the death of TLC member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, which occurred in the late hours of Thursday, April 25.

Lopes, originally from the Philadelphia area, would have been 31 at the end of May. The singer was staying in Honduras where she owned a condo and frequently visited a natural medicine compound.

Lopes was the only casualty of the nine people in the Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicle. She swerved to avoid an oncoming car while attempting to pass a truck that had stopped on the road, according to others who were in the accident.

Many within the industry heard about the tragedy on the night of Lopes’ death before it was broadcast through news venues the next morning. Angelica Williams, of Delaware County, was with Natina Reed of the group Blaque when word of the accident spread throughout an industry party at a club in Atlanta.

“I sat with [Reed] in the parking lot anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half,” Williams said. “I’ve spoken to her since, but she is still very upset and shaky about it.” Lopes had discovered and mentored the group Blaque, and was also the godmother of Reed’s baby boy.

Lopes had recently been signed to Suge Knights’ record label, Death Row, under the alias “N.I.N.A.,” and only had one final chapter to finish in a book she had been writing about her life. She had also started production on a new album with her bandmates T-Boz and Chilli, of TLC. The group will continue work on the album without Lopes and will make no attempts to replace her.

Lopes’ body has been flown back to Atlanta where she will be buried in Lithonia, a suburb of Atlanta, on Thursday, May 2.

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