Aaliyah was making big plans for her future. Before the singer sadly passed away in a plane crash in , she was preparing to venture more into the fashion and film industries , which likely would have skyrocketed her career to new heights. Aaliyah may have been beautiful and extremely talented, but she was also a style icon who inspired looks many of us are still rocking today. From baggy pants and oversized sweaters to her signature midriff tops, Aaliyah was one of the first celebrities to make the tomboy style chic. Two years before her death in , Aaliyah began her acting training. While filming the movie, the singer also landed the role of vampire, Queen Akasha, in the horror film Queen of the Damned , which ultimately delayed the release of her third studio album, Aaliyah. However, Lucy Liu was cast instead when producers decided Aaliyah was too young to play the character. After taking a break from music to focus on her acting career, Aaliyah had gotten back into the studio and was looking forward to the possibility of collaborating with fellow musicians. It was also revealed that Aaliyah had planned to record songs for the Queen of The Damned soundtrack and welcomed the possibility of collaborating with singer-songwriter Jonathan Davis. After learning of her unexpected passing, fans and fellow celebrities all around the world mourned the loss of the singer, with many paying tribute to her in various ways.
Aaliyah’s acting career was about to take off
All nine people were killed in the crash after the engines of the Cessna apparently failed, authorities said. The year-old singer full name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton had gone to the Bahamas to shoot a music video. The twin-engine Cessna went down in clear skies with little wind about p. Saturday, roughly feet from the end of the runway at Marsh Harbour airport, about miles north of Nassau.
A closer look at the plane crash
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Detroit , she first gained recognition at the age of 10, when she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly , who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records. Aaliyah worked with record producers Timbaland and Missy Elliott for her second album, One in a Million , which sold three million copies in the United States and more than eight million copies worldwide. In , Aaliyah appeared in her first film, Romeo Must Die. She contributed to the film's soundtrack, which spawned the single " Try Again ". The song topped the Billboard Hot solely on airplay , making Aaliyah the first artist in Billboard history to achieve this goal.
In her heyday, it seemed like the Grammy-nominated singer was destined for a long career, having made the leap from music to modeling and acting. But, unfortunately, she died tragically in a plane crash in the Bahamas. As Aug. There were no survivors. Later, news broke that the plane had been overloaded by hundreds of pounds. Additionally, the pilot was reportedly not authorized to fly the aircraft and had traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body.