- Published on Monday, October 29 2012
- Written by Sarah Osman
Natina Reed, one of the most memorable stars of the hit comedy Bring It On, was also quite well-known for her work with the late-'90s girl-group Blaque, which consisted of herself, Brandi Williams, and Shamari Fears. Both Fears and Williams have expressed their condolescnces over the 32-year-old actress's tragic death this past Friday via Twitter, where the news of her death first broke. Blaque enjoyed a series of hits in the late-'90s, including “808”, “Bring It All to Me”, and “I Do”. The group went on a hiatus from 2002-07, where they only released three singles.
Blaque was first formed when Reed and Fears met in high school. Reed truly began to blossom as an artist when she was taken under the wing of Lisa “Left-Eye” Lopes of TLC (who, ironically, was also killed in an auto accident). Reed had been considered the protégé of Lopes, who helped inspire the band’s TLC-like sound and mold Reed’s rapping. She went on to become known as the main rapper of Blaque. After the success of their debut album, all three members appeared in the film Bring It On.
Reed would have turned 33 this past week. She was working on a new film, a new album, and reunion with Blaque. Her ex-fiancee and the father of her son, rapper Kurput, has voiced his sorrow to MTV News, where he stated that “Reed was simply a great person.” She is survived by her 10-year-old-son, Trent Brown.
Thank you for sharing your talents with the world, Natina! R.I.P.
- Sarah Osman, YH Staff
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