By Jane Nambi
Just a few days before turning 33 years old, Natina Reed passed away after being involved in a road accident.
The former “Bring It On” actress, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes protégé, and member of the R&B group Blaque died on Friday night in Atlanta after being hit by a car the Gwinnett County police department confirmed.
She was pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center at 10:59 p.m. ET. On October 26, the driver of the vehicle called 911 to report hitting a pedestrian. “Information received indicated that CPR was being performed by a person on the scene,” Long said via statement. “Preliminary information indicates that Reed was in the roadway on Lawrenceville Highway near Hamilton Road when struck. The driver of the vehicle was determined to be not at fault and there are no charges pending.”
The driver and passenger are believed to be the only witnesses, and the authorities are withholding their names until the completion of the investigation.
Gabrielle Union wrote saying, “My heart and my soul is in so much pain,” she wrote. “My sister, my best friend, I will always love you.” The deceased released two albums, their 1999 self-titled debut and 2002′s “Blaque Out.” In 2000, they appeared in the movie “Bring It On.”
Reed was crossing a street when she was struck and died two days to her 33rd birthday. On Sunday evening (October 28), Kurupt (born Ricardo Emmanuel Brown) expressed his profound loss and extended his gratitude for the outpouring of well-wishes in a statement. “Myself and Tren, Natina’s son, would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this tragic time,” he said. “This is a tremendous loss to our family. Natina was a great person and I wish everyone had the opportunity to meet her and know her as I did.”
Blaque were among a string of girl groups, including 702 and 3LW, that dominated the charts in the late 1990s. But Reed and her groupmates Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears had something of a fairy R&B godmother in TLC megastar Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who mentored the group and even made cameos in their videos until her own tragic death in April 2002 at age 30.
Fellow group mate, Brandi Williams posted this message on Twitter: “Last night the world was changed forever, life will never be the same….she was my sister.”