Rapper Natina Reed of the 1990’s R&B trio Blaque has died.
Reed died as a result of being hit by a car as she walked on a Georgia state highway in an Atlanta suburb.
Atlanta police said the driver of the vehicle called 911 and a passenger performed CPR, but Reed was pronounced dead upon arrival at an area medical center.
Gwinnett County Police Sergeant Rich Long said authorities are investigating why exactly the New York-bred entertainer was walking on the highway. No charges are expected filed as police confirm the driver was not at fault.
Original online speculation claimed the accident was a hit-and-run.
Her group members Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-Devoe confirmed via Twitter that Reed had actually died after the news originally broke.
The group then officially released a joint statement addressing Reed’s death.
“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.”Reed is survived by her 10-year-old son, Tren Brown, whose father is rap star Kurupt.
Blaque was protégés of the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC and best known for their hit single, “808.”
The group starred in the movie “Bring It On” opposite Gabrielle Union, and appeared in the film “Honey.”
Tomorrow would have been Reed’s 33rd birthday.
PHOTOS: See Twitter messages from Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-Devoe about Natina Reed.