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Remembering R&B singer Aaliyah on anniversary of her death

By in Press Enterprise on August 25, 2017

By Miriam Velasquez

Born Aaliyah Haughton in Brooklyn on January 16, 1979, the famed R&B singer was killed with eight others in a plane crash in the Bahamas on August 25, 2001. She was 22. Aaliyah’s song “Try Again” earned her a Grammy nomination this year for her best female R&B vocalist. In 1996, she released her second album and the single “If Your Girl Only Knew” went double platinum.

  • File – The album cover of former rhythm-and-blues singer and actress Aaliyah is on display at a listening station August 27, 2001 at a Virgin Megastore in New York City. Aaliyah died at the age of 22, August 25 when her plane crashed in the Bahamas. The singer, along with 8 other passangers, all died when the private plane crashed shortly after takeoff on return from the island of Abaco where she had been making a video. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

  • In this July 25, 2001 file photo, Aaliyah at ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios in Burbank, Ca. Aaliyah was killed with eight others in a plane crash in the Bahamas on August 25, 2001. She was 22. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

    In this July 25, 2001 file photo, Aaliyah at ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ at the NBC Studios in Burbank, Ca. Aaliyah was killed with eight others in a plane crash in the Bahamas on August 25, 2001. She was 22. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

  • Singer Aaliyah arrives for the 2001 Essence Awards, Friday, April 27, 2001, at New York's Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Darla Khazei)

    Singer Aaliyah arrives for the 2001 Essence Awards, Friday, April 27, 2001, at New York’s Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Darla Khazei)

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