SPICE GIRL MEL C has led the British tributes to late R&B diva LISA ‘LEFT-EYE’ LOPES, who was killed in a car crash yesterday (April 25).
As previously announced, the 30-year-old member of the trio TLC was on holiday in Honduras when the accident happened. Lopes was reportedly with seven other occupants in the car but was the only fatality in the accident. She had recently completed recording of TLC‘s fourth album.
Mel C, who collaborated with the late star on the UK Number One single ‘Never Be The Same Again’ in 2000, has said she was “shocked and upset” when she heard the news.
Elsewhere, DJ Trevor Nelson, who co-presented the 2000 MOBO Awards with Lopes, has paid tribute. He told BBC: “Lisa was part of the most amazing girl group of the 90s. They were a credible crossover band that paved the way for most female groups that followed. She was the ‘crazy’ in ‘Crazy Sexy Cool’ and I had the privilege of presenting the MOBO’s with her a couple of years ago which was great fun. ‘Waterfalls’ will forever be an R&B classic.”
With fellow TLC members Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, Lopes was best known for the international hit singles ‘Waterfalls’ and ‘No Scrubs’
Earlier, the surviving members of TLC, issued a statement, which read: “We had all grown up together and were as close as a family. Today we have truly lost our sister.”
Arista Records president L A Reid, who helped to launch TLC, added: “No words can possibly express the sorrow and sadness I feel for this most devastating loss. Lisa was not only a gifted and talented musical inspiration, but more importantly, she was like a daughter to me. My thoughts and prayers are with Lisa’s family and friends. Her legacy will be remembered forever.”