It’s been seventeen years since the legendary R & B singer, Aaliyah, passed away at 22-years-old during a tragic plane crash that killed her and everyone on the plane. Since then, her infamy has only grown.
Missy Elliott was just one star who commemorated the singer’s passing on social media today. Elliott posted an emotional video on Twitter, where she wrote a very heartfelt note to the singer-songwriter.
She started off her letter: “Aaliyah, we miss you so much. But your legacy will live on forever and ever.” The camera shoots across a pile of clothing embroidered with the R&B artist’s face and name.
Check out Missy’s emotive post below:
Aaliyah (Babygirl) I can only imagine how great you would be today winning oscars?& creating sick music & still setting fashion trends! Your mom & brother @RAD_6 & your fans been holding it down 4 u❤️you will always be A One in A Million?? sleep peacefully angel Babygirl?? pic.twitter.com/daHhoIs8k5
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 25, 2018
As fans of Aaliyah know, she died on the 25th of August, 2001, after the twin-engine Cessna 402B carrying her and eight other people crashed shortly after takeoff at the Marsh Harbour Airport in the Bahamas.
Later on, following an investigation, authorities discovered that the pilot had trace amounts of alcohol and cocaine in his system. While that may have been a factor in the crash, the plane was also approximately 700 pounds overweight and was carrying one extra passenger.
She would’ve turned 39-years-old on the 16th of January. However, she had to go to the Caribbean to finish filming the music video for “Rock The Beat,” a song from her third eponymous album. Aaliyah never wanted to go to the Caribbean to shoot the video.
It was her last record and was then nominated for Best R & B Video at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. The funeral was filled with celebrities including Elliott, Gladys Knight, Lil’ Kim, Timbaland, Sean Combs, and many others. The singer was laid to rest at the Rosewood Mausoleum in Hartsdale, New York.