Ten years ago Thursday, the music world lost R&B superstar Aaliyah, who was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas, one minute after it took off.
The 22-year-old singer, whose full name was Aaliyah Dana Haughton, had just finished filming a music video for her upcoming single, Rock the Boat, with director Hype Williams. Aaliyah was killed along with eight other passengers.
The native New Yorker first rose to stardom in the early '90s, with hits like Age Ain't Nothing but a Number, If Your Girl Only Knew, Are You That Somebody? and One in a Million.
The singer's third and final studio album, Aaliyah, was released on July 17, 2001, nearly one month before her tragic death. The album has since sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, making it the most successful album of Aaliyah's short career.
Tributes have been pouring in from Aailyah's family and friends to mark the anniversary of her death, including her then-boyfriend, record executive Damon Dash.
She was intelligent and she caught me . . . I couldn't get anything past her. She had a very quick mind and a very kind heart, Dash told Billboard in a recent interview.
She was one of the best people I ever met. Even with the pain I felt, I would do it all over again, he added.
Here is a photo tribute to Aaliyah (1979-2001).