What Was Revealed About Lisa Left Eye Lopes After Her Death

TLC is the one of the most successful girl
groups of all-time. During the ’90s, they were impossible to miss,
racking up number one hits, promoting safe relations, defining popular culture, and revolutionizing
the music industry. Sadly, in April of 2002, TLC lost Lisa ‘Left
Eye’ Lopes to a tragic car accident, and the band has never been the same. Here’s what we learned about Lopes after her
death. Lopes’ father Ronald Lopes, was a former Army staff sergeant and an extremely strict father
and husband. Lopes talked about it in The Last Days of
Left Eye, a documentary that she was making about her life at the time of her death. “When we lived with my dad he was a drill
sergeant for real.” This included handing out some steep punishments. She noted that if she did bad in school: “I got the heavy duty punishment! No TV, no front porch, no back porch, no boyfriends,
no nothing.” Despite his otherwise strict demeanor, Lopes
notes in the film that her father, himself a heavy drinker, encouraged her drinking at
a young age. “I would drink, and my father would say, ‘look
at her go, look at her go.'” Lopes was the subject of intense media scrutiny when she set fire to her then-boyfriend Andre
Rison’s home during a domestic dispute. In The Last Days of Left Eye, Lopes described
how she started the fire. “went under the cabinet grabbed my lighter
fluid, that I used to barbecue and barbecued me some tennis shoes.” But the fire spread quickly out of the tub
and consumed much of the house, which was not Lopes’ intention. “I didn’t realize what I was doing, I didn’t
mean for the house to burn down.” After being sentenced for the fire, Lopes intentionally cut herself, professing her
love for her boyfriend by cutting it into her arm with a razor. “I was serving time in the diversion center” He wasn’t really coming to visit like I would
have wanted him to” After she was released from the diversion
center, there was another fight with her boyfriend. “We had a barbecue, and he accused me and
his friend of flirtin’ and saying some really mean things”
Lopes’ frustration over the fight led her to cut again, overwriting her profession of
love. “Over top of the word love, I started writing
the word Hate. H-A-T-E.” Lopes’ reputation caused people to misjudge her, according to friends and family who knew
the real Lopes. Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas told Essence magazine:
“People didn’t understand how much of a heart she really had and how passionate and giving
she was. She might have come across as someone who
wanted to start trouble all the time, but that wasn’t it; she just had a lot to say.” Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins also shared that while
Lopes was most known for her bold, daring style and musical brilliance, she was also
creative in the way she cared for her friends. Watkins told Essence magazine about a gift
she received from Lopes while in the hospital. “She was very creative, too. I remember I was in the hospital for four
months and she sent me a clock that she made and the clock read: ‘Take all the time you
need.’ She really put thought into things.” Lopes was keenly aware that people had formed
negative opinions about her, too, which was part of the reason she was making The Last
Days of Left Eye. “Throughout my career, I’ve gone through several
things” “I pretty much just want to set the record
straight” Lopes was invested in her physical and spiritual health; she would frequently retreat to Honduras
to do cleanses, as she followed and endorsed a guru named Dr. Sebi who was based there. Additionally, Lopes mentored girl bands like
Egypt, who were with her during her final retreat in Honduras. While much of this was well known, what only
became public many years later, is that she had the members of Egypt cleansing and fasting
with her. They ate strict diets and drank herbal drinks,
and would often vomit because the tinctures tasted so foul. They eventually broke their diets, gleefully
stocking up on chips and other items at a local grocery store. In what can be read as an eerie foreshadowing of her own passing, Lopes was riding as a
passenger in her van when her personal assistant accidentally hit Bayron Isaul Fuentes Lopez,
a 10-year-old Honduran boy. According to the New York Post, the boy suddenly
stepped into traffic off of a median, and the car hit him, ending his life. In spite of not being at fault, Lopes paid
all of the medical and funeral expenses, and gave the family some additional funds. She was haunted by the experience, and it
affected her deeply and profoundly, particularly because she blamed a spirit for the accident
— the same spirit that she previously said was chasing her. “I don’t think I will ever get over it” Just weeks after the first car accident, a second accident took Lopes’ life. Her funeral drew thousands and it became clear
that Lopes was one of a kind. When asked if they would consider bringing
on someone else as a third member, Watkins and Thomas emphatically declined. “Never, I mean, honestly, never ever ever”
More than 15 years later, the duo have upheld this, refusing to add a permanent replacement. Still, TLC lives on. “She would want us to move on, she would say,
‘TLC is forever.'” Thanks for watching! Click the List icon to subscribe to our YouTube
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