Born: 27 May 1971
Died: 25 April 2002 (automobile crash)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Best known as: Rapper/singer for the group TLC
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was one of three members of the popular music group TLC. (The Atlanta-based group was named for its members' initials: Lopes, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas.) With its made-for-MTV looks and bawdy attitude, the group was a hit with both R&B and pop music audiences; their gold-selling albums included Ooooooo... On the TLC Tip (1992), CrazySexyCool (1994) and Fanmail (1999). Squeaky-voiced and aggressively sexy, Lopes was the group's designated rapper and wild child. Her love affair with pro football player Andre Rison was interrupted in 1994 when Lopes, in a fit of pique, set fire to Rison's mansion and burned the million-dollar structure to the ground. The couple reunited and were engaged to be married in 2001, but later called off the wedding. Lopes died in a 2002 auto crash while vacationing in La Cieba, Honduras.
Extra credit: The title CrazySexyCool reportedly referred to Lopes, Thomas ("Sexy") and Watkins ("Cool")... Her nickname "Left Eye" came from a boyfriend who thought her left eye was slightly larger than her right, according to a 2002 article on CNN. She also had a habit of wearing a condom on the left frame of her eyeglasses during the early days of TLC... Her sudden death has been compared to that of singing star Aaliyah, who died in a 2001 plane crash.
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