Remembering Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes 10 Years After Her Death: 5 Iconic Moments (Video)
The singer-rapper hit it big with TLC, whose big hits included "Waterfalls" and "No Scrubs." THR looks back at her career on the 10th anniversary of her death in a Honduras car crash.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, who had four No. 1 hits with the Grammy-winning ’90s girl group TLC, died 10 years ago today when the car she was driving went off the road in Honduras and crashed. She had been filming a documentary that VH1 eventually aired as The Last Days of Left Eye.
THR takes a look at the life and career of the singer-rapper who earned her nickname for her habit of wearing eye black below her left eye or a wrapped condom as one of the "lenses" of a pair of glasses. Meanwhile, TMZ reported Wednesday that the surviving members of TLC, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, are planning a reunion tour using archival footage of Lopes.
1. “Baby-Baby-Baby,” TLC
After hitting the top 10 with their debut single “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” in spring 1992, the female trio solidified their status as a new force in pop with the single written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Antonio "L.A." Reid and Daryl Simmons. The song spent six consecutive weeks at No. 2, but it was unable to dethrone one of the biggest hits in pop history, Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road.”
2. Arson charges
Lopes had been dating All-Pro wide receiver Andre Rison of the Atlanta Falcons for months. After he came home from a long night of partying in June 1994, she burned down his million-dollar suburban Atlanta mansion by setting fire to cardboard in an empty Jacuzzi. Police said she also slapped Rison and smashed two of his cars. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a halfway house, five years’ probation and a $10,000 fine. The incident gave her a certain notoriety and made her tabloid fodder.
3. “Waterfalls," TLC
The Atlanta-based group’s biggest hit, it spent seven weeks at the summit in 1995 and sold more than 1 million units. Following the hit singles “Creep,” which spent a month at No. 1, and “Red Light Special,” which peaked at No. 2, the song helped make CrazySexyCool one of the biggest albums of the ’90s, with U.S. sales of more than 10 million.
4. “No Scrubs," TLC
After a contentious four years between albums, during which Lopes publicly feuded with her bandmates, the group topped the singles chart again with the 1999 song about “a guy who thinks he’s fly … hanging out the passenger side of his best friend’s ride trying to holler at me.” MTV played the Hype Williams-directed video incessantly, and it won the Video Music Award for best group video.
5. “The Block Party,” Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes
Lopes made only one solo album, 2001’s Supernova, which wasn’t released in the U.S. The single off that LP made the top 20 in the U.K. but failed to chart stateside. She was working on a second solo disc before the accident that took her life at age 30.