We are saddened to report that Natina Reed, formerly of the group Blaque, has passed away. According to unconfirmed reports and twitter, she was involved in a hit-and-run early this morning, just a day before her 33rd birthday. She is survived by a son fathered by rapper Kurupt.
Natina rose to fame as part of the Atlanta-based group Blaque in 1999 with the release of their debut single, “808″. She was the protege of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes from TLC who signed the group to her production company, Left Eye Productions. She also starred in the film “Bring It On” alongside Gabrielle Union in 2000.
May she rest in peace.
View a statement from her former group members below:
Statement from group members Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-Devoe:
“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.”