The 20th Anniversary of the Death of Aaliyah -


The 20th Anniversary of the Death of Aaliyah

by Paul Cashmere on August 26, 2021

in News

On August 25, 2001 R&B star Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash at the age of 22. At around 6:50pm the singer and her entourage boarded a private aircraft at Marsh Harbour Airport in the Bahamas and were heading to Florida. They never arrived.

All nine people aboard including Aaliyah died when the plane crashed shortly after take-off just 60 metres from the end of the runway. An investigation found the aircraft had 320 kg of excess weight on board, including one extra passenger than it was allowed. An investigation into the plane-crash that killed Aaliyah discovered cocaine in the pilots bloodstream.

Today Aaliyah would have been 42. At the time of her death Aaliyah had released three albums. ‘Aaliyah’, her third and final album reached no 1 in the USA one year earlier. She had already had a number one hit with ‘Try Again’ and clocked up 12 Top 40 singles in the USA.

Aaliyah would become a posthumous movie star. In early 2001 Aaliyah was in Australia to film the movie ‘Queen of the Damned’. She played the lead role of Akasha. The film was shot in the Melbourne suburb of St Albans and around city locations including St Kilda. The quarry scenes were shot in Werribee. The movie was a sequel to ‘Interview With A Vampire’ (1994) starring Tom Cruise. Aaliyah never saw the completed movie. It premiered in 2002.

Aaliyah could have become a major star had she lived. She was signed to star in the sequel to ‘The Matrix’. She had partly filmed her role as Zee for ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and would also appear in the third movie ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ but Nona Gaye (daughter of Marvin Gaye) was recast for the role.

Aaliyah’s final album ‘Aaliyah’ was released just one month before her death. It has sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

Follow Noise11 on Social Media

NEW: Noise11 on YouTube SUBSCRIBE

Noise11 on Instagram

You’ll discover music news first following Noise11 on Twitter

Comment on the news of the day, join Noise11 on Facebook

Related Posts

DJ Mister Cee photo from Facebook
DJ Mister Cee Dead At 57

Calvin LeBrun, better known as the legendary DJ Mister Cee, has passed away.

2 days ago
Bring Me The Horizon’s Lee Malia To Miss Australian Tour

Bring Me The Horizon's guitarist Lee Malia is skipping the band's Australian leg of their 'NeX GEn Tour' to spend time with his newborn.

2 days ago
Amy Winehouse photo by Haylee Cashmere
Watch Amy Winehouse ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ Unseen Footage

A new lyric video for the classic single, ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’, the latest in an ongoing series of videos celebrating the genius of Amy Winehouse, is now available to view online.

2 days ago
Tim Campbell, Anthony Callea and John Foreman
Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell Team With John Foreman For The Songs of Elton John and George Michael

With Elton John now retired from touring and George Michael no longer with us, Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell will perform the songs of Elton and George backed by John Foreman and the Australian Pops Orchestra.

3 days ago
Imagine Dragons, Palace Theatre, Photo By Ros O'Gorman
Imagine Dragons Back With New Song ‘Eyes Closed’

Imagine Dragons have kicked off their new era with genre-hopping new single, 'Eyes Closed'.

April 5, 2024
Amy Winehouse photo by Haylee Cashmere
Amy Winehouse Biopic Slammed By Fans After Teaser Release

Amy Winehouse's fans have declared a new movie biopic "cursed" after seeing a new teaser.

April 5, 2024
Robbie Williams at A Day On The Green Geelong 2023 photo by Winston Robinson
Robbie Williams Wants To Upset People Like Matty Healy

Robbie Williams has lamented the "boring" state of the current music scene, whilst hailing The 1975's Matty Healy the "only commercially viable Pop/Rock star" who is "willing to be something other than beige."

April 5, 2024