Tragically Natina Reed, from American R&B group 'Blaque', has been killed in a motor accident. Today would have been her 33rd birthday.
Reed was walking along a public highway in a suburb of Georgia, Atlanta on Friday (26th Oct 2012), when she was struck by a moving vehicle at around 10:30pm. The driver called 911 immediately, but nothing could be done to save her life and she was pronounced dead later in the evening at a local medical centre. Police have confirmed that the driver was not at fault and no charges will be made against him. However, it is still unclear as to why Reed was in the road.
Reed also appeared in the 2000 movie 'Bring It On' along with her fellow bandmates, Brandi Williams and Shamara Fears-DeVoe, who all played cheerleaders rivalling the film's protagonist. Williams and DeVoe have expressed their profound sadness at the loss of their friend. "Natina continuously embodied the pioneering spirit of Blaque and her undeniable creativity touched the hearts of fans everywhere," they said in a statement, reported by the BBC, "Natina was a mother, sister, accomplished songwriter, artist and friend. She will forever be missed and her global influence eternally felt." Reuters reports that the band had recently got back together and were working on a new album. DeVoe also tweeted about her loss. "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 is survived by her 10 year old son, fathered by rapper Kurupt.