Remembering Left Eye: Today Marks 17 Years Since Her Passing


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Today, April 27th in 2002, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes tragically passed away in La Ceiba, Honduras. Left Eye was 1/3 of the popular bestselling group TLC. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She was 31 at the time of her untimely passing, but already made an impact on the music industry as well as the world. TLC won four Grammy’s, sold over 34 million records, and is undeniably one of the biggest girl groups of all time. 

Aside from the success of the group, Left Eye also had a successful solo career. She was featured on many songs that topped the charts, including “U Know What’s Up” by Donell Jones, “Gimmie Dat” by Toni Braxton, and “How Do You Like It” by Keith Sweat.

At the time of her passing, she was doing charity work as well as filming a documentary. The documentary later aired on VH1 as “The Last Days of Left Eye.”  

Left Eye’s unique style and sound influenced many to come after her. She, along with her band members, Chilli and T-Boz paved the way for girl groups to follow. Today we are honoring the life of Left Eye. Here’s a few of her top hits.