Former Blaque Member, Natina Reed, Dies In Car Accident
Natina Reed, formerly of the R&B group Blaque, was hit by a car and killed Friday night in Atlanta. She was 32. Foul play is not suspected as the driver who hit her called the police immediately after the accident. The driver’s identity has not been released to the public.
Blaque, which stood for “Believeing, Life, Achieving, Quest, Unity Everything” consisted of Reed as well as Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-DeVoe. Their debut album, “Blaque” was certified platinum and featured the popular hits “808” and “Bring It All to Me.” The group was influenced by the late TLC member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. In 2000 Blaque made a memorable appearance in the popular teen cheerleading comedy Bring It On, starring Kirsten Dunst, playing a group of cheerleaders from Compton, Calif. alongside Gabrielle Union.
Upon learning of Reed’s death, her former bandmates released the following statement to E!:
"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."
DeVoe and Williams also expressed their loss on Twitter:
“My heart and my soul is in so much pain. My sister, my best friend, I will always love you.”
“Last night the world was changed forever, life will never be the same....she was my sister.”
Reed is survived by her 10 year-old son, Tren Brown, who she had with her longtime boyfriend, rapper Kurupt.
Watch Blaque's "808" here:
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