Kurupt has released a statement on the death of his son’s mother, Natina Reed. The 32-year-old, who was a member of the girl group Blaque, died tragically after she was struck by a car near Atlanta, over the weekend.
In his first public response, sent to MTV News, the West Coaster thanked everyone for their support, and spoke fondly of Reed.
“Myself and Tren, Natina’s son, would like to thank everyone for their love and support during this tragic time,” he said. “This is a tremendous loss to our family. Natina was a great person and I wish everyone had the opportunity to meet her and know her as I did.”
Additionally, Blaque members, Shamari Fears-DeVoe and Brandi Williams released a joint statement on the matter:
“Natina continuously embodied the pioneering spirit of Blaque and her undeniable creativity touched the hearts of fans everywhere. Natina was a mother, sister, accomplished songwriter, artist and friend.”
According to her Twitter page, Reed was hailed as the songwriter for the trio, whose hits include “808,” and “Bring It All To Me.”
Reed was hit while standing on a Georgia roadway late Friday (Oct. 26). Police in Gwinnett County announced that they would like to speak with “anyone who might have information about anything that could help us determine why she was there, anything to help us understand how this came together.”
Following the fatal accident, the driver of the vehicle that struck Reed called 911, and is not expected to face criminal charges. “As of right now, it does not appear that the driver has any fault in this event,” noted police spokesman Sgt. Rich Long, who corrected previous reports that the accident was a hit-and-run.
Aside from the driver, and a passenger in the car, there appear to be no other witnesses to the incident. “It’s kind of a dark lit area,” Long added. “There is not really anything in that area that’s open at that time of night, that would be any kind of a draw to a person up there.”
Reed is survived by her 10-year-old son. Aside from music she also appeared in the film Bring It On, and the TV show VIP, alongside Pamela Anderson.
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