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?