Celebs who died young

These actors, musicians, and public figures passed away before their time

#49 Lisa Lopes

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Born: May 27th, 1971

Died: April 25th, 2002

Age at death: 30

Cause of death: Car crash

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Singer Lisa Lopes was killed in a car crash while organizing charity work in Honduras. Driving a rented Mitsubishi Montero SUV, she swerved slightly to avoid a truck, then immediately to the right as she tried to avoid an oncoming car. The Montero rolled several times after hitting two trees, throwing Lopes, along with three other passengers of the SUV, out of the windows. Lopes died instantly of fracture of the base of the cranium and open cerebral trauma, and was the only person fatally injured in the accident.

Also known by her stage name Left Eye, Lopes was a member of the R&B girl group TLC, alongside Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas. Besides rapping and singing backing vocals on TLC recordings, Lopes also co-wrote most of their songs and designed some of their outfits. Through her work with TLC, Lopes won four Grammy Awards. During her short career as a solo artist, Lopes recorded the hit songs Not Tonight, U Know What’s Up, and Never Be the Same Again, which is a collaboration with Spice Girls member Melanie C.

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