Singer and rapper Lisa “Left Eye” Nicole Lopes was born on May 27, 1971, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lopes was a member of the hip-hop/R&B group TLC. Known for her brash, uncompromising demeanor, Lopes engineered the group’s brand of empowered womanhood that vaulted the trio to the top of the pop charts.
TLC formed in 1991, with Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes lending her rapping skills to the group, and their first album produced three Top 10 hits. TLC’s 1994 follow-up, Crazysexycool, sold more than 11 million copies in the United States and featured three No. 1 hits. Lopes’s personal life, though, was marred by her rocky relationship with football great Andre Rison, and in 1994, she was arrested for burning down his home. Lopes died in a car accident on April 25, 2002, in Roma (near La Ceiba), Honduras.