Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes remembered by TLC members Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died a decade ago in a car crash while in Honduras and her former group members from TLC, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas, remembered the singer and rapper in an interview.
"I was sitting in a rocking chair in my daughter's room after putting her down when I got a call from Chilli. She was screaming," Watkins told Essence magazine about how she was told of Lopes' death. "I had just gotten out the hospital from fighting sickle cell so I had to be careful about getting upset. Everybody was trying to keep me calm."
"I remember staying up all night and Patti Labelle and Missy Elliot calling me. Whitney Houston was at Lisa's funeral," she added. "She sat behind me and rubbed my shoulders for two hours, while telling me, 'It's going to be okay, it's going to be all right.'
The group had their biggest success in the 1990s with their sophomore album "CrazySexyCool," released in 1994. The album, which features singles like "Creep" and "Waterfalls," sold 22 million copies worldwide. Their follow-up album "Fan Mail" was also a success with the single "Scrubs" a chart-topping song.
Lopes made headlines in 1994 when she lit her boyfriend's tennis shoes on fire in a bathtub. The flames spread around the mansion the two lived in and the home was burned down. However, Watkins and Thomas say Lopes was a different person than the public knew.
"People didn't understand how much of a heart she really had and how passionate and giving she was," Thomas told Essence. "She might have come across as someone who wanted to start trouble all the time, but that wasn't it; she just had a lot to say."
There is a VH1 biopic in the works based on the group's story. Both Watkins and Thomas think unknowns should be cast in their roles.
"It's going to have to be new kids," Watkins said. "I can't think of anybody that can play us. It's not just about looking like me or dressing like me, you have to have the attitude, the dance moves."