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Wednesday, 1 May, 2002, 07:37 GMT 08:37 UK
TLC will not replace Lopes
TLC
Lopes (right) will be buried on Thursday
R'n'B group TLC have said they will not be replacing Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in the line-up following her death in a car crash.

Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas said she and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins will forge ahead with the release of their fourth album as a duo.

Seven other passengers escaped serious injury
Seven other passengers escaped serious injury
"As for Lisa being replaced - never," she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"You can't replace a TLC girl. The chemistry we have is something God gave us. You can't put that together."

Lopes suffered severe head injuries and died when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving in Honduras.

The funeral of the 30-year-old will be held in Lithonia, Atlanta, on Thursday.

Private service

Gospel group Mary Mary will perform a tribute at the church where thousands of mourning fans are expected to converge.

A private service will be held for family and friends on Wednesday night.

Grammy-winning group TLC began work on their fourth album in the summer of 2001.

Thomas told the Atlanta newspaper that Lopes had not worked on all the songs on the album so her death should not affect its release.

"The last couple of albums, Lisa was only on like three songs, and she's on a few songs on this one. So music-wise, it's the same," she said.

Title secret

Lopes had been responsible for naming all of the band's albums including CrazySexyCool.

She had also chosen a name for the new album but the title is being kept a secret.

Lisa Lopes
Lopes would have been 31 in May
An initial post-mortem investigation revealed Lopes suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries.

Seven other people, including her brother and sister, were injured in the crash, which local police are blaming on high speed and poor road conditions.

Lopes had spent the past month in Honduras working on a multitude of projects - a clothing line, a new solo project and a book about her colourful, sometimes troubled life.

She made headlines in 1994 after she was arrested for burning down the house of boyfriend, former Atlanta Falcons American football player, Andre Rison.

She was fined and sentenced to five years' probation, and then entered rehab to deal with a drinking problem.

Despite their problems, they announced last year that they intended to marry.

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