Natina Reed of the late 1990s girl band Blaque has passed away, multiple publications are reporting.
The “Bring It On” star, 32, died on Friday, Oct. 26 after she was struck by a car while crossing the street in Georgia. According to the Gwinnett Police Department, the driver of the vehicle was “was determined to be not at fault and there are no charges pending.” The driver also phoned 911 after the accident, at 10:30 P.M. Reed was pronounced dead at 10:59 P.M. at Gwinnett Medical Center. She would have been 33 Sunday.
Reed was known as one-third of the Atlanta-based group Blaque, who had hits like “808,” “Can’t Get It Back” and “Bring It All To Me,” which featured ‘N Sync’s J.C. Chasez. She starred in 2000’s “Bring It On” with band mates Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-DeVoe. The rapper was a protégé of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who was a member of TLC until 2002.
Fellow Blaque members Williams and 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.
Williams took to Twitter to share her grief about Reed’s death, writing, “Last night the world was changed forever, life will never be the same….she was my sister.”
And Gabrielle Union, who also starred in “Bring It On,” simply tweeted, “#RIP #SAD #BringItOn.”
Reed was reportedly working on a solo rap album, as well as a new movie and reunion with Blaque.
She is survived by her 10-year-old son, Tren Brown, with rapper Kurupt.
by Leigh Blickley