Natina Reed (photographed far left) — best remembered as one-third of the ’90s girl group Blaque — died early Saturday after being struck by a car just outside Atlanta.
Authorities with the Gwinnett Police Department say Reed was walking alongside the road in the Atlanta suburb of Lilburn when she was struck by a vehicle. The driver “was determined to be not at fault and there are no charges pending,” according to a local official.
“The driver of the vehicle contacted 911 to request assistance. Natina Reed was pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center at 10:59 p.m. EST. Preliminary information indicates that Reed was in the roadway on Lawrenceville Highway near Hamilton Road when struck.”
Blaque achieved success with their 1999 hits “808” and “Bring It All to Me,” which featured ‘NSYNC’s JC Chasez. The rapper also parlayed her musical success into an acting career, starring alongside Gabrielle Union and Kirsten Dunst in the 2000 cheerleading comedy Bring It On.
Blaque, which also includes singers Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-DeVoe, paid public tribute to Reed in a joint statement released on Saturday.
“We are devastated by the loss of our group member, sister and friend Natina Reed…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.”
Reed was a protege of TLC star Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Ironically, Lopes also died in a vehicle-related collision. She was killed when the car she was traveling in crashed in Honduras in 2002.
Natina Reed would have turned 33 on Sunday. She is survived by a 10-year-old son she shared with rapper Kurupt.