US R'n'B group TLC have said they will continue as a duo, following the death of band member Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes.

Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas and Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins say they will not replace Lopes. Watkins told reporters, "You can't replace a TLC girl".

The two say the release of the group's fourth album will still go ahead.

The Grammy award-winning group had begun work on the album last summer. It is understood that Lopes had chosen a name for the new album but the title is being kept a secret.

Thirty-year-old Lopes died in a car crash in Honduras last week. Thousands of fans are expected at her funeral in Atlanta tomorrow.