Singer Natina Reed dead at 32

Singer Natina Reed dead at 32


Natina Reed, a member of the '90s R&B female group Blaque, was struck and killed late Friday while standing in a roadway just north of Lilburn, Georgia. 

Sgt. Rich Long corrected earlier reports on and and in multiple Twitter postings that Reed's death was caused by a hit-and-run. 

It is reported that the driver of the vehicle called 911 and at this point no charges have been filed.  There did not appear to be any other witnesses. 

Gwinnett County authorities are seeking any information that would help explain why she was in the roadway and whether she was crossing or walking alongside it. 

Long said CPR was performed at the scene and Reed was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m.

Blaque was named the 4th Best New Artist in 1999 by Billboard and was a protégé of the late TLC singer Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.  The group's hits included "808" and "Bring It All to Me". 

Lopes was killed in 2002 in a car crash in La Ceiba, Honduras.  Reed would have celebrated her 33rd birthday Sunday and was also a star of the 2000 cheerleading movie Bring It On.

Reed's fellow Blaque members shared their reactions to her death in tweets Saturday. Shamari Fears-DeVoe tweeted, "My world as I know it has forever changed. Until we meet again, may you find comfort in the arms of an angel. I love you Natina."

Brandi Williams, another member, tweeted, "Last night the world was changed forever, life will never be the same….she was my sister." The group also has included singer Erica Pullins.

A statement was released stating that Blaque had reunited and was in the process of working on a new album and a reality show.

Multiple messages were posted on Twitter expressing condolences, including those from Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons and V103 personality Egypt Sherrod.

The New York City native is survived by a 10-year-old son, Tren Brown, from a relationship with rapper Kurupt.

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