It’s been nine years since one-third of TLC, Lisa Lopes, aka Left Eye, was killed in a fatal car accident in Honduras.
In the prime of her life and on the verge of breaking out on her own, Lopes’ death shocked friends, family and fans. The femcee put the “L” in TLC, literally. The group ― which consisted of Tionne Watkins, Lopes and Crystal Jones ― started off as the female trio Second Nature, but were renamed TLC — which was derived from the first letter of each of their names. When things didn’t work out with Jones, Rozonda Thomas was brought in.
Lopes would go on to dub Thomas “Chilli” to represent the “C.” The trio of T-Boz, Left Eye and Chilli would go on to sell 32 million albums and 20 million singles worldwide with each one of their releases leaving a mark on pop culture from their 1992 debut “Ooooooohhh … On the TLC Tip” to 1999’s “Fanmail.”
We remember Lopes, known for being TLC’s boisterous emcee, by taking a trip down memory lane via pictures.
From her condom eye patch to her unique hairstyles, check out some of Lopes’ most memorable looks on the next page.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes performs at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes attends the 2000 Soul Train Music Awards.
Lisa Lopes on the red carpet for MTV20: Live and Almost Legal in 2001.
Lisa Lopez performs at the 2000 MOBO Awards.
TLC accepting the award for Best group video at the 1999 MTV Music Video Awards.
Lisa Lopes of TLC attends the Warner Bros. Grammy after-party in 2000.