Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes died tragically in a car accident ten years ago today. The TLC group members and friends she left behind, T-Boz and Chilli, recall their memories of her in an interview, saying, “People didn’t understand how much of a heart she really had and how passionate and giving she was.” ESSENCE.com reports on the story:
It’s hard to refute the indelible mark that ‘90s R&B girl group TLC left behind. In fact, numbers prove the trio to be one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. This year, surviving members Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas will celebrate TLC’s 20th anniversary while simultaneously remembering the tragic loss of their band-mate Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who passed away 10 years ago today in a car crash in Honduras.
To add to TLC’s 20th anniversary celebration, VH1 is preparing to go into production for a scripted biopic on the group. T-Boz and Chilli recently spoke with ESSENCE.com about the tragic loss of Left Eye, who they want to play them in their biopic, and a 20th anniversary TLC tour.
ESSENCE.com: Today marks 10 years since we lost Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in a tragic car accident. What do you remember about that day?
T-BOZ: She died a day before my birthday. I remember everything. I was with security in my Porsche and I said to them, “I feel like I’m going to get in a wreck and I want to go home.” The driver said: “Well, that’s on the other side of town.” I didn’t care; I wanted to go home. I just felt something was going to happen to me, but it wasn’t me — it was Lisa. I was sitting in a rocking chair in my daughter’s room after putting her down when I got a call from Chilli. She was screaming. I had just gotten out the hospital from fighting sickle cell so I had to be careful about getting upset. Everybody was trying to keep me calm.
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