Pop singer Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas hours after completing a video for the song “Rock the Boat.” Directed by Hype Williams, the video was filmed on Abaco island in August 2001.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born in Brooklyn on Jan. 16, 1979, and made her television debut on Star Search at the age of 10. She signed her first recording contract when she was 12. Her first album, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, was produced by R. Kelly, who also wrote most of the songs on the album. The record sold more than 3,000,000 copies and was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
On Aug. 25, 2001, Aaliyah and several members of her entourage boarded a Cessna twin-engine plane at March Harbor Airport in the Bahamas. The plane was heading toward Opa Locka Airport in Florida but crashed and exploded shortly after takeoff. Aaliyah was killed along with the pilot and seven other passengers. The pop singer was 22 at the time of her death.