04/26/2002 at 01:00 AM EDT
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, 30, the controversial member of the Grammy-winning R&B group TLC, was killed in a car crash Thursday night in Honduras, her record company announced. The singer was in the Central American country on vacation, said Arista Records, though the Associated Press reported that Lopes also often traveled to Honduras's northern coast to help out with a nonprofit organization that sponsored a child development center there, U.S. Embassy spokesman Carlos Bakota said. Lopes was reportedly among seven people in the vehicle and the only fatality. The accident occurred as the vehicle was traveling from La Ceiba to San Pedro Sula, 110 miles north of Tegucigalpa. By midday Friday, preparations were being made to fly Lopes's body back to the U.S. "No words can possibly express the sorrow and sadness I feel for this most devastating loss," Arista president L.A. Reid in a statement. It was Reid who helped develop the Atlanta-based, multi-platinum-selling female group, which also includes Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas). TLC's latest album is "FanMail," released in 1999. (The group, amid rumors that there was tension between its members, has been on hiatus.) Lopes's death brings to mind last year's fatal plane crash of the singer Aaliyah, which was another sad -- and major -- loss to the music world.