On the 10-year-anniversary of the death of TLC’s Lisa Lopes, mourners are remembering a Grammy-winning artist who shared her talent –- and giving nature –- with the world.
Lisa Lopes -- better known by her stage name, Left Eye -- died on April 25, 2002 in a car crash in Honduras, a place she had made her second home. The rapper had set her sights on eventually developing a medical and educational nonprofit there and at the time of her untimely death, had been volunteering at a child welfare center, according to Entertainment Weekly.
According to People, Left Eye was initially motivated to help out in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch hit in 1998. She then went on to promote literacy programs and bought land to start a children's camp. In her home state of Georgia, the singer often visited children in local hospitals and she had planned to visit a refugee camp in Kenya.
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Soon after visiting Honduras for the first time in the late 90s, TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes made the country her second home, according to the Lisa Lopes Foundation. She hoped to one day set up a nonprofit educational and medical center there.
Left Eye also helped raise awareness, and funds, for patients battling Sickle Cell Disease. In this 1999 photo, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes pose for a picture with Sickle Cell patient Brookes Gordon, 16, at a charity event for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
On April 25, 2002, Left Eye died at age 30 in a car crash in Honduras, according to CNN. The Lisa Lopes Foundation aims to perpetuate Left Eye's giving legacy by providing cultural programs to low-income youth.
"Thank u all so much for ur kind words," TLC's Chilli tweeted on Wednesday, "and thank u for always remembering our sister, "Lisa Left Eye Lopes" TLC is 4eva!!!!!"
To pay tribute to the star, the Lisa Lopes Foundation will host its first-ever music festival in her honor and proceeds from the event will benefit the organization. "Lisa is a musical icon and it's only fitting that we remember her talent and contributions with a creative showcase of all the things my sister loved; music, fashion, food and family," her brother Reigndrop wrote on the foundation's website.
The acclaimed singer also spent a considerable amount of time mentoring budding stars determined to break into the music industry.
"She did so much for us," Sophia Gibson, 19, a member of the quartet Egypt told People. "She was like an angel."
After her tragic death, family members established the Lisa Lopes Foundation to perpetuate her mission to help underprivileged youth and to continue her work in Honduras.
The organization plans to host its first-ever tribute concert in May in Atlanta and proceeds will benefit the foundation.
As family and friends celebrate Left Eye’s life and giving mission, they continue to mourn the star they lost too soon.
“Lisa is our sister. You never get over losing a family member,” TLC’s Chilli said in a press release. “We love her and we miss her and that isn’t ever going to change.”