Celebs who died young

These actors, musicians, and public figures passed away before their time

#19 Aaliyah

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Born: January 16th, 1979

Died: August 25th, 2001

Age at death: 22

Cause of death: Airplane crash

A number of celebs who died young met their demise in a plane crash, and one of those was the singer Aaliyah. After completing the filming for the music video of her song Rock the Boat, Aaliyah and her team boarded a twin-engine Cessna 402 light aircraft at the Marsh Harbour Airport in the Bahamas to travel to the Opa-Locka Airport in Florida. Unfortunately, the plane crashed and caught fire shortly after takeoff. The pilot was later found to have traces of cocaine and alcohol in his body, and was not qualified to fly the aircraft designated for the flight.

Credited for helping to redefine contemporary R&B, pop and hip hop, Aaliyah earned the nicknames Princess of R&B and Queen of Urban Pop. Some of her hit songs include Rock the Beat, Try Again, You Are Love, and Are You That Somebody?

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”