Aaliyah Dana Haughton, professionally known as Aaliyah, was an American born actress, singer, and model. To date, she is best known for her debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number which sold over 6 million copies.
Likewise, as an actress, she is known for her appearances in films and TV shows like All That, Romeo Must Die, Queen of the Damned, etc., alongside Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau, and many others.
Aaliyah was born on 16th January 1979 and was killed in a plane crash at the age of 22 on 25th August 2001.
So, without further ado, let's find out more about her career and her death.
While Aaliyah has appeared in quite a few movies and TV shows, she is mostly known for her career as a singer. She first came to the limelight after making an appearance in an episode of Star Search at the age of 10 in 1989.
Just two years later, she signed deals with Jive Records and released her first studio album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. The album was a massive hit.
Throughout her career, she released other two studio albums, One in a Million and Aaliyah and 26 singles. Likewise, she also collaborated with other artists like Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Chris Brown and many others.
Watch the music video to Aaliyah's One In A Million.
On the other hand, she did not appear in any acting roles until 1995. In the year, she made a comeback as an actress and appeared in an episode of All That. Likewise, in 2000, she made her debut on the big screen and appeared in two films.
Her latest work before her death was the release of her third studio album, Aaliyah which reached No.2 on Billboard's album chart and is also certified a double platinum.
Aaliyah was on her way to the United States from the Bahamas on 25th August 2001 after filming for a music video. However, not long after the plane took off, it crashed killing other eight people on board with Aaliyah.
The reason behind the plane crash was the fact that the aircraft was overloaded and because of the severity of the accident, Aaliyah's body's remains were returned to the United States only three days later.
Her funeral took place on 31st August 2001 in Manhattan and later it was revealed that Aaliyah received a blow to the head and had severe burns. The investigators explained that even if she had survived the plane crash, she would not recover from the trauma.
Watch Destiny's Child's tribute to Aaliyah.
As of 2018, it has been 17 years since her death, and she is remembered as one of the top artists who died at a very young age.