June 01, 2020

TLC's Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes Would Have Been 49 Now – Things We Learned after Her Death

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TLC was one of the world's most successful girl groups, and during the 1990s, they were at the peak of their careers. However, the group was shocked by a sudden loss, when their member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes passed away in a car crash. 

If Lisa Lopes were alive today, she would have been 49-years-old. In April 2002, Lisa Lopes passed away due to a tragic car accident. Since her death, TLC was never the same. 

Since then, she is remembered through her music and the impact she's left her fans. Even after her death, fans had many questions surrounding the singer, and there are many things that they found out about the celebrity. 


Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes at the 1999 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards. | Photo: Getty Images


While Lisa Lopes decided to get into the entertainment industry, her dad was actually a former Army staff sergeant. Due to his military roots, Ronald Lopes was a strict father and husband. 


At the time of her death, Lisa was in the midst of creating a documentary about her life. It was later on called "The Last Days of Left Eye," and she narrated how she and the rest of her family were disciplined by her dad. 



Lisa's dad was quick to notice what was wrong in their home and would let everyone run downstairs and lineup as soldiers regardless of the time. He would also give them punishments, such as no TV, no radio, no backyard, no boyfriends, etc. 

The singer noted that he was also a heavy drinker and would encourage her to drink at a young age. Lopes also knew that her dad was abusive to her mother. 



Lopes was once the center of media scrutiny after she burned down her boyfriend's house during an argument. At the time, she and ex-boyfriend Andre Rison had a rocky relationship, and she ended up setting the house on fire. 


It all began when she set her then-boyfriend's sneakers on fire in the bathtub, which grew to a larger fire. According to others, if they had just put it out, it would not have reached the way it did. 

After her death, TLC never tried to replace Lopes in their group. Together, they were responsible for classic hits like "No Scrubs," "Unpretty," and "Waterfalls." Their group talent won them four Grammy Awards, and they sold more than 20 million albums. 


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