It’s Been 15 Years Since We Lost TLC’s Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes

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Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. (Image: YouTube)

Fifteen years ago today the music world lost shining star Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, when she died in a car crash in Honduras at the age of 30 while on vacation with friends. And despite tributes each year, the brash yet vulnerable TLC singer is still sorely missed by fans, celeb and nonceleb alike.

Christina Milian posted an image of Left Eye with her signature three ponytails and wrote: “Lisa ‘left eye’ Lopes. To a great artist and someone I still look up to. She was liberation and girl power. #lefteye #RIPlefteye #15yrs.

Snoop Dogg went with an image of Left Eye from the group’s debut hit “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg” era along with a prayer and rose emoji.

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A post shared by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on Apr 25, 2017 at 8:18am PDT

The day before the anniversary of her death, bandmate Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins shared a throwback pic of herself, Left Eye, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas dancing with Ellen Degeneres. “That Day We were Showing @theellenshow how to rock the #Waterfalls Dance #TLC #Tboz #Lefteye #Chilli #Tbeezy #TlcArmy,” she captioned the snap. It was from a playful time before Left Eye would be plagued by the devastating fallout from the fire she set that burned down boyfriend Andre Rison’s Atlanta mansion. She received five years probation and court-ordered therapy for the incident.

Close to 10,000 mourners attended Left Eye’s public funeral at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., on May 2, 2002. Today one enterprising fan visited her grave to pay her respects. “IT’S BEEN A WHOLE 15 YEARS TODAY.. LISA I SWEAR YOU REMIND ME OF ME. CRAZY, SEXY AND COOL WITH A BIG HEART. LEFT EYE, YOU ARE GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN,” wrote @u_adore_dior.

The rapper’s gravesite plaque features the lyrics to her verses on the group’s hit song “Waterfall.”

I seen a rainbow yesterday
But too many storms have come and gone
Leavin’ a trace of not one God-given ray
Is it because my life is ten shades of gray
I pray all ten fade away
Seldom praise Him for the sunny days

And like His promise is true
Only my faith can undo
The many chances I blew
To bring my life to anew
Clear blue and unconditional skies
Have dried the tears from my eyes
No more lonely cries

My only bleedin’ hope
Is for the folk who can’t cope
With such an endurin’ pain
That it keeps ‘em in the pourin’ rain
Who’s to blame
For tootin’ ‘caine into your own vein
What a shame
You shoot and aim for someone else’s brain
You claim the insane
And name this day in time
For fallin’ prey to crime
I say the system got you victim to your own mind
Dreams are hopeless aspirations
In hopes of comin’ true
Believe in yourself
The rest is up to me and you

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