Lisa Lopes Died Near Her Retreat
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in a place that she loved. For years, the 30-year-old member of the Grammy-winning trio TLC would escape to her condo on Honduras' northern coast, attending a nearby healingLisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in a place that she loved. For years, the 30-year-old member of the Grammy-winning trio TLC would escape to her condo on Honduras' northern coast, attending a nearby healing village and returning "spiritually cleansed," her publicist said today (April 26).
Lopes was in Honduras most recently with her brother, sister, and several members of a little-known R&B band called Egypt when she was killed yesterday evening. The driver of her rental car lost control and crashed on a highway near Jutiapa, 150 miles north of Tegucigalpa, the capital, and a few miles from her condo. It wasn't clear who was driving.
"The car rolled for reasons that we still don't know, and that are being investigated," police spokesperson Luis Aguilar said.
Lopes was killed instantly, according to her publicist, and the seven others in the car sustained non-life-threatening injuries: three members of the band Egypt; Lopes' brother and sister; and two producers working on a multimedia project with Lopes.
They were taken to a hospital in nearby La Ceiba, and are expected to be released in a few days. Lopes' body was taken to La Ceiba, where it was being prepared to be flown to the U.S.
Lopes often spent weeks or months in Honduras, and had purchased her condo near a healing village that promotes and practices a form of African herbal medicine. "She absolutely loved the country," her publicist said. "She wanted to live there."
She had traveled to Honduras most recently to work on a line of clothing and finish up a book about her life, the publicist noted. She also wanted to introduce members of the band Egypt to the healing village. "It was something very personal to her," the publicist said. "And it was something she liked to share with people. Lisa loved to travel, loved to find new places. She loved cultures that were really truly spiritual."
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