UPDATE: 6:31 P.M. EST: From E! News:
According to a press release sent from the Gwinnett (Ga.) Police Department to E! News, police received a call of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. yesterday. “The driver of the vehicle contacted 911 to request assistance,” the press release states. “Natina Reed was pronounced dead at Gwinnett Medical Center at 10:59 p.m. E.S.T.”
UPDATE: 6:00 P.M. EST: There are conflicting accounts of whether this was, in fact, a hit-and-run. TMZ reports that the driver called 911 and, according to police “was determined to be not at fault and there are no charges pending.”
Natina Reed, frontwoman of the ’90′s R&B group, ‘Blaque,’ was killed in an apparent hit-and-run Saturday morning while crossing the street in Atlanta, Georgia.
Best known for the single, ’808,’ the group was discovered by Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who was killed in a car accident in 2002.
Reed also starred in 2000′s “Bring It On ” with Gabrielle Union, and has a son, Tren, 10, with rapper Kurupt.
When the news broke, Twitter exploded with the trending topic, #R.I.P. Natina Reed.
Reed’s death comes a day before her birthday. She would have been 33 years old.
Reed’s bandmates, Brandi Williams and Shamari Fears-Devoe, released the following statement:
On Behalf of Blaque and the entire Left Eye Music Family,
“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.”