After months of media speculation that the group had broken up , fueled by the members of TLC embarking on solo endeavors and reports of constant bickering during the release of Fanmail, TLC decided it was time to put the rumors to rest. They got back into the studio to record their 4th album. However, there were many hold-ups in the recording process. First, T-boz suffered from a nasty episode with sickle-cell. Then, Left-eye took a trip to Honduras.
Left-eye had been traveling back and forth to Honduras for awhile by then. She had met a man that was somewhat of a spiritual guide, and was on a search for peace and understanding. She felt that Honduras was the place she could find these things. She took several of her family members and members of a group she was managing with her. Left-eye never returned. While driving with the group of people with her, she got into a terrible car accident, and died.
T-boz and Chilli did eventually complete the album, 3D, and it was released 7 months after Left-eye's tragic death. The record label did want to replace Left-eye, so that TLC could continue to record, but T-boz and Chilli refused. They said they would never replace Left-eye and 3D would be TLC's final album.