Former actress and Blaque R&B singer Natina Reed was killed while crossing the street in a town outside of Atlanta on Friday evening.
1990s Blaque R&B singer Natina Reed died late Friday night outside of Atlanta. A car struck the singer while she was crossing the street on the Lawrenceville Highway. She was brought to Gwinnett Medical Center, where she died of her injuries.
According to the Gwinnett Police Department, “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.”
The police will continue their investigation, but the driver “was determined to be not at fault, and there are no charges pending.”
Reed was 32 years old, and she leaves behind her 10-year-old son, Tren Brown, from her relationship with rapper Kurupt.
The singer was also known for her appearance as “Jenelope” in the popular 2000 cheerleading film, Bring It On. She got her start in the industry as a protege of TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Ironically, Lopes also died in a car accident, back in 2002 in Honduras.
Brandi Williams and Sharmari Fears-DeVoe, two of Reed’s former group mates in Blaque, released a statement about their loss.
“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 [sic], 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.”
Sadly, Sunday would have been Reed’s 33rd birthday.