Blaque Singer Natina Reed Dead at 32 [Details]
Rucuss staffOctober 27, 2012
Natina Reed, who was well known as a member of the 90s group Blaque, died early on Saturday morning after she was struck by a car while crossing a street in Atlanta.
Reed’s death broke on Twitter after her close friends and group member Brandi Williams posted comments. Williams tweeted,”Last night the world was changed forever, life will never be the same….she was my sister.”
According to a press release sent from the Gwinnett (Ga.) Police Department to E! News, police received a call of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. yesterday.
“The driver of the vehicle contacted 911 to request assistance,” the press release states. “Natina Reed was pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center at 10:59 p.m. E.S.T. Preliminary information indicates that Reed was in the roadway on Lawrenceville Highway near Hamilton Road when struck. Though the investigation is ongoing, the release states that the driver “was determined to be not at fault and there are no charges pending.”
Reed, who would have turned 33 on Sunday, was a member of the Atlanta-based group Blaque, which released their debut single, “808″ in 1999. She was the protege of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes from TLC who signed the group to her production company, Left Eye Productions.
Reed also starred in the film Bring It On alongside Gabrielle Union in 2000. She continued working in the music industry as a songwriter and was rumored to be working on a new Blaque album.
Blacque members Williams and Shamari Fears-DeVoe issued a joint statment today:
“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.”
Reed is survived by her 10-year-old son, Tren Brown, with rapper Kurupt.
May she rest in peace.
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