On Aug 25, 2001, singer Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas. She was 22.
Aaliyah was in the Bahamas to record a music video for her new single Rock The Boat. Eight others were killed in the same incident including a family friend, members of her record company and a make-up artist.
Among those who attended Aaliyah’s funeral service in New York were celebrities and superstars such as Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Gladys Knight and Sean Combs.
Tributes also poured in from the likes of Beyonce, Jay-Z and her Romeo Must Die co-star Jet Li who described her as “wonderful and talented artiste” in a statement to E! News.
In 2006, Li revealed in an interview with IGN that he was still haunted by thoughts of Aaliyah while filming a new movie, in Vancouver, Canada.
“I have some memories of this very beautiful city but it still makes me think about Aaliyah. She was such a talented girl and some locations when you pass by every day, you still think about her,” he said.
Super producer Timbaland, who worked with Aaliyah on hits like Are You That Somebody and Try Again, said in a recent interview that he’ll always remember her one of his best collaborators.
“Aaliyah will always be the top because that was the start of my career. Of course, that’s like the start of Timbaland movement,” he said to Idolator.