Blaque’s Natina Reed Dead: ‘Bring It On’ Star Struck by Car in Atlanta
Natina Reed of the ’90s girl group Blaque was killed Friday night after being struck by a car while she was crossing the street in Atlanta, Ga.
The driver of the vehicle dialed 9-1-1 at 10:30PM Friday, Gwinnett Police Department confirmed to TMZ. Reed, who was brought to a local hospital, was pronounced dead 29 minutes later.
Fellow Blaque member Shamari DeVoe expressed her grief over Twitter on Saturday.
“My world as I know it has forever changed. Until we meet again, may you find comfort in the arms of an angel. I love you Natina,” she wrote.
Reed would have turned 33 years old on Sunday.
DeVoe and Brandi Williams, also a Blaque member, issued a joint statement Saturday following Reed’s passing (via E! News):
We are devastated by the loss of our group member, sister and friend Natina Reed. Because of the enormous support of Blaque fans and our love for each another, Blaque officially reunited this fall and we were in the process of working on a new album and a reality show. Natina continuously embodied the pioneering spirit of Blaque and her undeniable creativity touched the hearts of fans everywhere. Natina was a mother, sister, accomplished songwriter, artist and friend. We ask for your prayers at this time for Natina’s family. She will forever be missed and her global influence eternally felt. We thank God for the experiences we shared.
The all girl R&B group made their acting debut in the 2000 cheerleading competition movie Bring It On, starring Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku. Reed played Jenelope, one of the girls from East Compton high school.
Gabrielle Union, who was also in Bring It On, paid tribute to her co-star Saturday afternoon.
“#RIP #Sad #BringItOn,” she wrote on Twitter.
Reed is survived by her 10-year-old son Tren.
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