For the artist that taught us age ain't nothing but a number, it's still hard to believe it's been 15 years since 22-year-old actress, singer, and dancer Aaliyah died in a plane crash (See: Stars Who Died in Tragic Accidents). Today, on the anniversary of Aaliyah's death, celebrities are honoring the memory of the late star.
On August 25, 2001, Brooklyn-native Aaliyah Dana Haughton––who her friends and fans knew as "Baby Girl"—was one of nine victims of a plane crash in the Bahamas, where she was filming her music video for "Rock the Boat." A subsequent investigation into the plane crash found that the tragedy was due to the plane being overweight.
Though her life was cut far too short, her legacy still lives on. That's been made clear by the myriad voices chiming in to celebrate Aaliyah's life, spirit, and incredible accomplishments.
Aaliyah was a jaw-dropping 12 years old when she signed with Jive Records and only 15 when she dropped her double-platinum record first Age Ain't Nothing But a Number. Then, she was working alongside R. Kelly, her controversial (to say the very least) husband, but she dropped him and Jive to sign with Atlantic Records, with Missy Elliott and Timbaland, for her second album One in a Million. If her first record won her attention, her second won her a place in history as the Princess of R&B.
Not content to rest on her laurels as an R&B superstar, Aaliyah was just launching her acting career in Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned at the time of her death.
Celebrities spread love for Aalyiah across social media proving that though she may be gone, she certainly will never be forgotten.