A decade after her tragic death in a plane crash, singer and actress Aalyiah is remembered by her closest celebrity friends in an interview in The Rolling Stones magazine. On August 25, 2001, the R&B artist died in a plane crash which was heading to the Bahamas. Now, ten years later, she is still in the minds of her friends.
Aaliyah, whose name means “supreme” in Arabic, has died at only 22 years old.
The singer was born in Brooklyn and released her first album at the age of 14. “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” was produced by R&B famous singer R. Kelly. He and the young star were rumored to have married when he was 27 and Aaliyah only 15, but she never confirmed the rumor.
In 1996 she released her second album, “One in a Million” for which she collaborated with the then-not- so-popular Timbaland and Missy Elliot. They became famous shortly after “One in a Million” won two platinum discs.
The most popular songs of Aaliyah were “Are You That Somebody?”, “Try Again” and “One in A Million”. Despite her incontestable music talent, the R&B sensation did not settle just for being a good singer. She took acting lessons and in 2000 she landed a main role in “Romeo Must Die”. She also starred in “Queen of the Damned”, where she was the vampire queen. Before her death she was set to star in the Matrix movies.
Rolling Stones magazine recently interviewed some of Aaliyah closest friends. Jomo Hankerson, her cousin and the president of her record label told the magazine that “she had an old soul. She seemed like she was living everything in rewind, like she’d already done all of this”, he continued and added that working with her “was never just a job. You always had fun. Good kid fun.”
“God definitely must’ve needed an extra angel”, Sean Coms said. “A real strong angel.”
Aaliyah was buried on august 31. Her ceremony was held at St. Ignatius Loyala Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan. Among the ones attending were Sean Combs, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Mike Tyson, Jay-Z and Lil’ Kim.