Blaque’s Natina Reed Killed After Struck By A Car In Atlanta
ATLANTA – Natina Reed of the early 2000’s R&B trio Blaque, and star of cheerleading film “Bring It On”, died on Friday night after being stuck by a car in Georgia.
According to a statement by the Gwinnett, Georgia police department, Reed, 32, was walking in traffic to cross a street on a major roadway”for some unknown reason” when she was struck around 10:30 p.m on Friday night.
The driver of the vehicle called 911 requesting emergency assistance , while the passenger administered CPR.
Reed was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead late that same night.
Natina Reed, also known as Blaque’s rapper, the group included Shamari Fears-Devoe, and Brandi Williams.
Blaque had a string of hits, their debuted album in 1999, included the smash hits, “808,” “Bring It All To Me,” and “I Do,” and sold more than 1.5 million copies and was certified Platinum. Billboard named Blaque the 4th Best New Artist of 1999.
The group was discovered by TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and signed the group to her production company, Left Eye Productions. Lopes herself died in a 2002 car accident in Honduras.
Blaque members Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-Devoe issued a joint statement.
On Behalf of Blaque and the entire Left Eye Music Family,
“We are devastated by the loss of our group member, sister and friend Natina Reed. Because of the enormous support of Blaque fans and our love for each another, Blaque officially reunited this fall and we were in the process of working on a new album and a reality show. Natina continuously embodied the pioneering spirit of Blaque and her undeniable creativity touched the hearts of fans everywhere. Natina was a mother, sister, accomplished songwriter, artist and friend. We ask for your prayers at this time for Natina’s family. She will forever be missed and her global influence eternally felt. We thank God for the experiences we shared.”
The Twitter-sphere blew up with messages of condolence and tributes to Reed as the news of her death spread. “Man. in eerie Left Eye fashion…rip to Blaque’s Natina Reed,” tweeted The Roots’Questlove.
Reed also appeared in the 2000 movie “Bring it On” as Jenelope, a feisty cheerleader from East Compton. Her co-star, Gabrielle Union, also tweeted about her death Saturday, posting “#RIP #Sad #BringItOn.”
Natina Reed was the cousin of former Destiny’s Child member Farrah Franklin.
She is survived by her 10-year-old son, Tren Brown, whose father is rapper Kurupt. Reed was due to celebrate her 33rd birthday on Sunday.
At the time of her death, Reed had been working on a solo rap album, as well as a new movie and reunion with fellow members of Blaque.
Watch Kurrupt and Natina Reed’s past hit “It’s Over Now”
Watch Blaque’s smash hit, “Bring It All To Me”