What Was TLC’S Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes’ Net Worth at the Time of Her Death?

TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes was a pivotal part of the group’s success in the early 1990s. With Lopes providing the raps, TLC produced four multi-platinum albums and 9 top-10 hits. But Lopes’ journey tragically ended in the spring of 2002 when the artist was involved in a fatal car accident. Here’s a look at how much Lopes was worth at the time of her death.

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TLC – featuring Tionne ‘T-Boz’ Watkins, Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes, and Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas | Michel Linssen/Redferns)

Lopes’s rise to fame

Left Eye formed TLC alongside Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas shortly after she moved to Atlanta. The group’s first album, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, was released in 1992 and featured the popular tracks, “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg,” “What About Your Friends,” and “Baby-Baby-Baby.”

The trio captivated listeners with their trendy hip-pop beats, which were created by Dallas Austin and Jermaine Dupri, and their colorful b-girl looks. While Watkins and Thomas provided the vocals, Lopes immediately made a name for herself as the group’s resident rapper.

TLC released their next big album two years later. The LP, titled Crazysexycool, was another massive hit with songs like “Waterfalls,” and “Creep.” The album was another commercial success for the women, who were quickly becoming icons in their own rights.

But when they weren’t making music, the group publicly feuded with each other, their record label, and their manager, Perri “Pebbles” Reid. And in 1994, Lopes made headlines when she burned down her former boyfriend, Andre Rison’s, house.

Inside Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes’ tragic death

Lopes had trouble launching a solo album, Supernova, in 2001, and was working on a follow-up LP in 2002 when her life tragically ended.

According to Billboard, Lopes died in a car accident while staying at her home in Honduras. The rapper was a frequent visitor to the country and often attended spiritual cleanses at a healing village in the area.

Left Eye reportedly rented a car a few hours away from the city of Tegucigalpa. We do not know who was driving at the time of the incident, but the vehicle rolled over while traveling on a highway. There were seven other passengers in the car, all of whom only sustained minor injuries.

“The car rolled for reasons that we still don’t know, and that are being investigated,” a police officer said at the time of Lopes’s death.

Following her death, Watkins and Thomas finished her final album, which was titled 3D. TLC vowed to break up after the albums’ release, but the group ultimately stayed together and continued to make music.

How much was Left Eye worth?

Over the years, Lopes managed to amass a good fortune, most of which came from her music sales. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Lopes was worth around $5 million at the time of her tragic death.

TLC’s first album sold over six million copies and the group’s second offering hit the 15 million mark. Following the release of their third album, however, the group showed signs of trouble and it wasn’t long before they broke up.

Lopes, of course, went on to release a solo album and was in the middle of her second LP when she passed away. It is unclear how much Lopes made from her first solo album, but the project was not released in the United States because it did poorly overseas.

When Lopes was in Honduras in 2002, she was actually filming a documentary. The director of the film, Lauren Lazin, captured a lot of footage of her final days, including the night of her fatal accident.

VH-1 released the documentary back in 2007 with the title Last Days of Left Eye. Lopes was only 30 years old when she died and did not have any children.