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Natina Reed, Of The R&B Group Blaque, Dead At 32

Submitted by on October 27, 2012 – 12:09 pmOne Comment

Our condolences go out to the family of Natina Reed, a member of the girl group Blaque, who emerged on the scene in 1999 with their hit single, “808”. According to early reports, the 32-year-old was killed last night when she was struck by a hit-and-run driver as she crossed a street in Atlanta. The news of her death spread like wildfire through Twitter via tweets from several Atlanta-based celebrities and the Twitter page of V103, a popular Atlanta radio station.

Natina was the founding member of Blaque, a trio that was signed by TLC member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes to her production company, Left Eye Productions, in the 90s. Their self-titled debut album debuted at number 23 on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, and at number 53 on the official Billboard 200. The album’s lead single, “808″, reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and their follow-up single, “Bring It All to Me”, peaked at number five. The album sold more than 1.5 million copies and was certified platinum. The group went on to star in the pop culture classic film, Bring It On, in 2000 (Natina is pictured above with Gabrielle Union in a still from the film).

Natina is survived by her 10-year-old son Tren, whose father is west coast hip-hop legend Kurupt. Tomorrow would have been her 33rd birthday.

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