It’s hard to believe, but 15 years ago today (Aug. 25, 2001), we lost Aaliyah Dana Haughton in a horrific plane crash in the Bahamas. She was just 22 years-old.
At the time, the young singer had just wrapped shooting her music video for “Rock the Boat” with Hype Williams, and was on her way back to the U.S. Eight other passengers on board, including hair stylist Eric Forman, makeup stylist Christopher Maldonado, and Blackground Records employees Douglas Kratz and Gina Smith, all perished in the crash.
The death left fans and the R&B community stunned and in mourning. The tragedy ended Aaliyah’s flourishing career, which would have found her in movies and other big projects.
Today, almost every R&B radio station has been playing mixes of Aaliyah songs. Meanwhile, fans went on Twitter to pay tribute to the late songbird and share how her music touched their lives.
“RIP Aaliyah. She was amazing. I was really sad when that happened. She’d still be dominating,” tweeted one fan. Another person commented, “Aaliyah would definitely be at the top of she was alive. You can’t argue that.”
Aaliyah may be gone, but she hasn’t been forgotten. Check out more fan tributes to Aaliyah below.
— BET Soul (@BET_Soul) August 25, 2016
— SiriusXM (@SIRIUSXM) August 25, 2016
I'm still not over Aaliyah's death.
Damn, she was a gem
— T~ (@HiddenTreasure_) August 25, 2016
R.I.P Aaliyah. Its been 15 years and you still continue to inspire.
— Juaron Rogers (@JuaronRogersTV) August 25, 2016
Love Aaliyah and no slander to her, but we not gonna sit here and pretend Timbo didn't use the same beat format for everyone of her songs.
— BIZZY BERM$KI (@_Berma) August 25, 2016
15 years ago today we lost Aaliyah Dana Haughton. Rest in peace, babygirl. pic.twitter.com/sZnUlwiZeQ
— Cocoa Butter (@cocoabutterbf) August 25, 2016
I think Aaliyah is the first music star whose death made me burst into tears in the street. ❤️
— Bim Adewunmi (@bimadew) August 25, 2016
— Princess B. ⚡️ (@_sheabyP) August 25, 2016
I always wish I could've met Aaliyah she was such a role model for me as a kid, just wasn't enough time
— mia delor (@miadelor) August 25, 2016
Today makes 15 years, and we're still missing you. R.I.P baby girl @AaliyahHaughton
— هندية (@BriaSinia) August 25, 2016
Aaliyah kicked through those doors! She had to spell her name out for y'all hoes on that "Back & Forth." pic.twitter.com/VRVc7QM0UJ
— ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) August 25, 2016
R.I.P. Aaliyah .. they don't don't make em like u no mo .. pic.twitter.com/b0yaLMlpI2
— SpaceGhostPurrp (@MarkeseRolle11) August 25, 2016