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Natina Reed of R&B group Blaque dies at 32

AMBER TAFARI LARAQUE Special to the AmNews | 11/9/2012, 1:54 p.m.
Natina Reed of R&B group Blaque dies at 32

Natina Reed, rapper, singer and member of girl group Blaque, died from a car accident on Friday, Oct. 26, near Atlanta. She was struck by a vehicle while crossing a road.

Reed was 32. Reed, born Oct. 28, 1979, in New York City, joined the group Blaque in the late 1990s and was a protege of late rapper and TLC group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, who also perished in a car accident, 10 years ago.

Blaque group member Brandi Williams expressed her grief on Twitter, saying, "Last night the world was changed forever, life will never be the same ... she was my sister."

Fellow group member 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."

Reed, who contributed to Blaque hits such as "808" and "Give It All to Me," explored the world of acting along with her group members and co-starred alongside actress Gabrielle Union in the 2000 cheerleading cult classic "Bring It On." Union also took to Twitter writing, "#RIP #Sad #BringItOn."

Police say the driver of the vehicle does not seem to be at fault, but they are still investigating the accident.

Reed leaves behind a 10-year-old son, Tren. His father, rapper Kurupt, said, "Myself and Tren, Natina's son, would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this tragic time. This is a tremendous loss to our family. Natina was a great person and I wish everyone had the opportunity to meet her and know her as I did."

Reed died two days short of what would have been her 33rd birthday.