Natina Reed, Bring It On star and member of the R&B group Blaque, died Friday night at the age of 32 after being struck by a car near Atlanta, Ga.
According to a press release from the Gwinnett (Ga.) Police Department, police were called around 10:30 p.m. about a pedestrian being hit by a car. “The driver of the vehicle contacted 911 to request assistance,” the press release said. “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 says the driver “was determined to be not at fault and there are no charges pending.”
Reed, who would’ve turned 33 on Sunday, was a protege of the late TLC rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who died in a car accident in 2002. She is survived by her 10-year-old son.
Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-DeVoe, Reed’s fellow Blaque members, 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.”
What an eerie similarity to Left Eye’s death. RIP, Natina.