SOUND BITES Three weeks before her fatal car accident on Friday in Honduras, was involved in another deadly car accident in the Central American country. On April 6, she was a passenger in a car driven by her assistant, Stephanie Patterson, which struck and killed a 10-year-old boy, Bayron Isaul Fuentes. Crossing the street to join his brothers and sisters, the boy had allegedly jumped in front of Lopes’ car, so the family did not press charges, and the accident was not reported to the police. Lopes paid the family’s hospital and funeral expenses (about $3,700) and gave the family an additional $925. Lopes publicist insisted that the TLC singer had not tried to pay her way out of a difficulty, but rather, that she had done more than the locals would have done. ”In Honduras, people don’t even stop,” he said.
Meanwhile, tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that TLC plans to go ahead with the release of its fourth album, even though Lopes had not had a chance to lay down her signature raps on the tracks the group recorded in November. ”I know that Lisa would not want us to stop,” Thomas said on Saturday. ”So TLC is not over.” She added, ”As for Lisa being replaced — never. You can’t replace a TLC girl. The chemistry we have is something God gave us. You can’t put that together.”
After a private wake Wednesday night, Lopes’ funeral will take place on Thursday near TLC’s Atlanta home base, at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. It’s one of the biggest churches in the United States, with a capacity of 8,000 to 10,000 worshipers….
London theatergoers awaiting Madonna‘s British stage debut will have to wait three days longer. The first three preview dates of ”Up for Grabs,” which were scheduled for May 9 to 11, have been canceled, with the show now set to start previewing on May 12, with opening night still May 23. Apparently, the show, in which Madonna plays an ambitious art dealer, has suffered the delay because of its heavy technical demands, including a moving set and multimedia projections. No word on whether Madonna is also installing her mechanical bull from the Drowned World tour….
Nick Carter‘s power racing boat won on its first try on Sunday in Florida. ”I didn’t expect we would do so well,” said Carter, who bought the boat for his father to pilot. ”I would have been happy just to place.” Good thing he’s got something to fall back on in case this Backstreet Boys thing falls through. The next race is May 17 in the Carters’ hometown of Marathon, Fla….