A BRIGHT future was cut short on August 25, 2001, when the 'Princess of R&B,' Aaliyah, perished in a plane crash.
The R&B superstar was 22-years-old at the time of her death.
Where is Aaliyah buried?
Born Aaliyah Dana Haughton, the 22-year-old 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 investigation declared the singer had suffered "severe burns and a blow to the head" due to a fatal plane crash.
A private funeral mass was held on August 31, 2001, at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan following her death.
Her body was set in a silver-plated copper deposit casket and carried in a horse-drawn, glass hearse.
An estimated 800 mourners attended the procession.
Among those in attendance at the private ceremony were hip-hop superstars Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Gladys Knight, Lil' Kim, and Sean 'P Diddy' Combs.
Aaliyah is buried at Ferncliff Cemetery in the town of Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York.
What does a new book claim about Aaliyah on the day of her death?
Music Journalist Kathy Iandoli believes she's finally uncovered the truth about the Princess of R&B's death in her upcoming book, Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah.
Reports initially suggested that Aaliyah, a known nervous flier, had insisted on boarding the plane back to Miami.
But, as first reported by the Daily Beast, a Bahamian man who had been with the popstar just moments before her death has claimed that was not the case.
Kingsley Russell, who was 13 at the time, had been working for his family's taxi and hospitality business when he was asked to work as a baggage carrier for the singer.
Russell's mother was Aaliyah’s driver during her time on the island and he said he spoke with the star on their way to the airport.
The plane was late arriving at the airport by two hours, Russell said. And when Aaliyah saw the size of the plane, she then refused to board it, he recounts in the book.
At the same time, members of her entourage were reportedly arguing with the pilot after he told them the plane would be too heavy for eight passengers and all of their luggage.
“[The airport staff] and Aaliyah had the common sense that the plane was overweight,” Russell says in the book, as reported by the Beast.
The 22-year-old, complaining she had a headache, then climbed back into the taxi van and laid down on the back seat for a quick nap.
Eventually, Russell says, a member of Aaliyah's team came to check on her.
During the exchange, Russell says the singer reiterated that she didn't want to get on the small plane and wasn't feeling well.
The team member then handed Aaliyah a pill, Russel claims, which she took before falling "into a deep sleep".
Aaliyah was allegedly still in the slumber when the pilot finally caved and allowed her and her team to board the flight back to Florida.
“They took her out of the van; she didn’t even know she was getting boarded on a plane,” Russell recounts in the book. "She went on the airplane asleep.”
The flight took off at 6.50 pm. Unfortunately, it had only got between 60 and 100 feet in the air before nosediving back down to the ground.
Aaliyah and six of the eight others on board were killed instantly. Two others died in hospital.
One of those passengers was the singer's security guard. He reportedly spent his final moments worrying about Aaliyah's condition, first responders later said.
Aaliyah's body was found 20 feet away from the wreckage. She was still strapped into her seat and slumped over to her left.
An autopsy report concluded that her survival was “unthinkable" because of the extensive burns and major head trauma she suffered.
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