It has been eleven years since Aaliyah died in a plane crash along with eight others, shortly after filming the music video, "Rock the Boat."
It was a tragic loss of a wonderful artist who was just coming into her own. A lot of people still wonder what she may have become had she lived. Perhaps she would have been the next Janet Jackson?
Over the last month, Aaliyah has appeared in the news after Drake revealed that an album would be released of unreleased tracks. There have been a lot of strong feelings because Missy and Timbaland have denied that they have any knowledge or plans to cooperate in this release, according to Huffington Post.
Eleven years ago, Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash, in the Bahamas. Just twenty-two years old, she was a very talented singer and actress. Born Aaliyah Haughton, she was one of nine victims aboard a twin engine plane who died instantly seconds after taking off from the Bahamas. The Cessna 402B, exploded on impact having apparently suffered engine failure upon liftoff, reports MTV.com.
Other victims included, Aaliyah makeup artist Eric Foreman, 29, and Virgin Records representative Douglas Kratz, 28, according to Rahming. There were two other women and three other men, including the pilot who died in the crash.
In her twenty-two years, Aaliyah achieved more than most do in several lifetimes. One of her most important features was that she helped and touched the lives of others. The Aaliyah Memorial Fund was set up as a vehicle where her friends, fans and family can contribute to the support of charities that Aaliyah found important, according to Aaliyah.com.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born January 16th, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Detroit with her family, at the age of five. Her mother taught her to sing as a child and when she was eleven, she opened for her aunt, Gladys Knight, in Las Vegas.
In 1996, Aaliyah produced her second album, One in a Million and it went on to sell 2 million copies. Aaliyah modeled for Tommy Hilfiger and studied acting. Her acting career led her to a starring role in Romeo Must Die (2000) and Akasha in Queen of the Damned. Aaliyah was also cast for the upcoming sequels to The Matrix, according to Rollingstone.com.
It was eleven years yesterday that she died and it was a complete tragedy.