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Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes

Lisa Nicole Lopes (May 27, 1971 April 25, 2002), an African American rapper of Cape Verdean descent, also known under the stage name of "Left Eye", was a member of the popular R&B and hip hop group TLC. In addition to hit songs like "Waterfalls" with TLC, Lopes also did some solo performing. She was considered by some fans as the creative talent behind TLC and, though she sang infrequently, contributed her own self-written raps to many of TLC's popular singles, including "Waterfalls" and "No Scrubs". Lopes was also a self-taught keyboardist and, by way of a Beethoven piano piece, displayed those talents during her solo spot on TLC's headlining concert performances (immortalized in a pay-per-view broadcast of TLC's FanMail tour in the spring of 2000). She received the name "Left Eye" from a boyfriend because her left eye was larger than her right eye. She was known for wearing a pair of glasses with a condom in place of the left eye lens, which was one of the ways the group promoted safe sex.

 Lopes had already started work on both her second solo album and on songs for the fourth TLC album, 3D, when she died in a car accident in Honduras on April 25, 2002. She was one of seven people in the vehicle (a Mitsubishi Pajero), however it was reported that she was not wearing a seatbelt. [1]She had been there doing missionary work, which was something she had a passion for. It is said by those close to her that she had been undergoing a spiritual epiphany and had recently ended a month-long fast prior to her death. Her funeral was held at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia , Georgia . Lopes was interred at Hillandale Cemetery , also in Lithonia.

 The controversy over autopsy photos which had been leaked following her death led to a protest by NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt, Jr.. Earnhardt painted a stripe next to the left headlight decal on his #8 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway to protest the display of her autopsy photos. A similar controversy had befallen Earnhardt after the death of his father a year earlier.  

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_Eye
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