American recording artist Aaliyah Dana Haughton’s funeral took place in New York City on Aug. 31, 2001. Her casket was transported from the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home to St. Ignatius Church in a white carriage pulled by two white horses. Dozens of white and pink roses also laid on top of the carriage, while friends and loved ones walked behind the carriage en route to the private service.
According to People.com, the private funeral was held for only 1,200 invitees. Several celebrities attended the service, including Sean Combs and Missy Elliot, while many fans gathered near the church to mourn her death. The service lasted about one hour while fans outside sang some of her songs. A daylong memorial event also took place the same day as the funeral, which featured Haughton’s music and videos being played continuously in Manhattan. After the funeral service, 22 doves were released to fly overhead, with each bird representing one year of her life.
Haughton’s death, along with eight others, resulted from a plane crash at Marsh Harbor Airport in Abaco Islands, The Bahamas. According to investigators, the aircraft became overloaded at the time of takeoff which caused the crash. Officials also reported that the pilot had recently been arrested in Florida and was not licensed to fly in the Bahamas.