TALENTED singer Aaliyah had a future of musical success before her life was tragically cut short.
Often dubbed ‘The Princess of R&B’, the 22-year-old was said to “have a smile that would light up a room”.
What was Aaliyah’s cause of death?
Aaliyah Dana Houghton was just 22 when she died.
She had finished filming the music video for her hit song ‘Rock the Boat’ when she and eight others decided to travel back to Florida almost immediately on August 25 2001.
But shortly after take-off, the plane crashed in Abaco Islands, the Bahamas.
Everyone on board the plane died.
An inquest heard the singer had suffered ‘severe burns and a blow to the head’ as the result of a fatal plane crash.
Reflecting on her life, Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs told TRL: “She was one of those individuals that would light up a room.
“She always greeted you with a smile. Her time was coming; [she] was just about to explode.”
How old was she when she married R Kelly?
During 1994 it was widely reported Kelly and Aaliyah had secretly married, but both denied it.
A later unearthed marriage certificate listed the then 15-year-old as 18.
Subsequently her parents had it annulled the following year.
R Kelly’s brother Carey confirmed that the pair had married when she was 15.
When asked by CBS Chicago if he believes the claims against Kelly are true – Carey cited the singer’s marriage to pop star Aaliyah who was only 15 at the time.
He said: “It don’t get no truer than that.”
Aaliyah met Kelly though Barry Hankerson, her uncle and his manager.
Kelly went on to become her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number.
Aaliyah cut ties with Kelly after the accusations of illegal marriage.
What were some of her best songs?
Despite having such a short musical life, Aaliyah produced a number of hit songs.
Her best known include:
- Rock the Boat
- More Than a Woman
- Hot Like Fire
- Miss you
- If Your Girl Only Knew
- One in a Million
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