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Singer Aaliyah Died In Tragic Plane Accident 13 Years Ago Today



Thirteen years ago on this day, Aaliyah had just wrapped the filming of her video for "Rock The Boat." She and her crew were leaving the Bahamas to return to the States, but just seconds after take off, the twin-engine plane crashed.

All nine of the plane's passengers died.

According to MTV, Aaliyah died instantly when the plane, a Cessna 402B, exploded on impact just 200 feet beyond the end of a runway at Marsh Harbour International Airport on Abaco Island. She was just 22-years-old.

Prior to her death, the "Try Again" singer make quite an impact on the music world and became a breakout star in Hollywood landing roles in films like Queen of the Damned and Romeo Must Die, alongside Jet Li.

Just a month before the crash, Aaliyah released her self-titled third album, which featured the Timbaland-produced "We Need A Resolution," "More Than A Woman," and "I Care 4 U."

She released her first album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, in 1994 and captivated many with her sultry vocals and tomboy sex appeal.

Aaliyah remains one of the most emulated female artists in music with R&B newbies like Sevyn Streeter admitting her influence.

"We were so excited to move like her and have that same vibe," Streeter recently told Billboard. "When I think back on that, I realize how long she's not only been in me, but in our generation, and how long we've tried to imitate her."

But Aaliyah has not only been a guiding light for the ladies, even Chris Brown has sampled her music, crediting her as a guest on his 2013 song "Don't Think They Know." Drake has borrowed from the late singer as well and credited her as his motivation rapping, "Since I saw Aaliyah's precious life go too soon/She deserve the credit for how I'm about to get it," on the track "We'll Be Fine." 

As previously reported, Lifetime is producing a biopic based on Aaliyah's life.

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