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This page was last updated on Monday, August 27, 2001 at 1:16 PM Central Time-CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED!
















August 26, 2001 1:08 AM Central
According to Associated Press, Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash while departing from the Bahamas.

BELOW ARE OFFICIAL ARTICLES FROM VARIOUS SOURCES AND MY SUMMARY OF THE ARTICLES AND RADIO AND TELEVISION SOURCES.

HERE'S MY SUMMARY OF VARIOUS ARTICLES AND RADIO AND TELEVISION SOURCES.
Sunday, August 26, 2001

-22 year old R/B singer Aaliyah died in a plane crash on Saturday around 6:50 PM

-It was reported that Aaliyah died instantly, so she wasn't in any pain.

-The plane was departing from Marsh Harbour airport in the Bahamas when one of the engines blew out and the plane crashed about 200 feet at the end of the runway.

-It was first reported that Aaliyah and 8 passengers, including the pilot had died in the crash and one survivor was in the hospital. That survivor (Anthony Dodd, 34 years of age, from Los Angeles) died this morning in Nassau hospital.

-The plane's destination was Opa-locka, Florida.

-97.9 The Beat in Dallas, TX reported this morning that before the plane took off, the pilot had urged the passengers to remove some of their luggage, but the passengers didn't. There is still no word on whether the heavy weight of their luggage had anything to do with the crash.

-The passengers reported dead are
22-Aaliyah Haughton
41-Scott Gallin
49-Keith Wallace-from Los Angeles
28-Douglas Kratz-a representative for Virgin Records from Hollywood California
29-Eric Foreman-makeup artist-from Hollywood, California
29-Gina Smith-from New Jersey
32-Christopher Maldonado-from New York
34-Anthony Dodd-from Los Angeles; died at Nassau hospital Sunday morning
L. Marael-the only identification of the pilot

-Througout the day in the Dallas area, radio listeners called and voiced their opinions over the tragedy. Many callers also voiced their opinions on MTV's poor coverage of the story-or in this case, lack OF coverage. I, for one am upset with MTV. I turned on my TV at a little past 12 AM Central time and saw a news flash stating that Aaliyah had been killed and to stay tuned for further details. I stayed tuned til "10 to the hour" for their hourly news coverage and was shocked to see John Norris reporting on the Backstreet Boys' first concert since AJ's release from rehab. I was quite surprised and upset and...a lot of things. First off, the Backstreet concert that was being reported on was on FRIDAY. I saw this footage on a SUNDAY. I'm not understanding how MTV saw it more important to report on the Backstreet Boys' alcohol problems rather than the DEATH of Aaliyah. What? They thought that she was important enough to do a Diary on, but not important enough to report on her death? Shame on you MTV!

Monday, August 27, 2001
-97.9 The Beat in Dallas, which I believe is stationed/syndicated in New York and 104.5 Kiss FM in Dallas are dedicating the day to Aaliyah.

-A Sister 2 Sister magazine employee that was on 97.9 The Beat this morning said that Erik, who WASN'T in the crash is very upset right now because HE was supposed to be on the plane, but he had work to do with Macy Gray and encouraged his friend Chris Maldanodo, who died in the crash, to go in his place.

-Hype Williams was the director for the video which WAS filmed, so I'm assuming that it WILL be aired. Hype stayed behind to get more footage, which is why he wasn't on the plane.

-Fatima, who is Aaliyah's choreographer, ALSO stayed behind after the video shoot because there was some sort of engagement that she was attending.

-Sister 2 Sister magazine will be covering Aaliyah in an upcoming issue.

-On 97.9 The Beat in Dallas, Tx this morning, a former drummer of Aaliyah's called in to the stationed and talked about how good it was to work with Aaliyah.

-BET is re-airing the BET 106 & Park show that Aaliyah attended last week where she gave away the Escalade from her BET.com contest, to Julian.

-Two weeks, ago Aaliyah completed filming of her "More Than A Woman" video.

-Aaliyah was scheduled to be a presenter at the 2001 MTV awards on Thursday, September 6th in New York City.

-Aaliyah had already completed the initial shooting for the Matrix II in Los Angeles last month and was scheduled to fly to Australia after the New Year to finish up principal photography for The Matrix II & III.

-104.5 Kiss FM played Rock The Boat (the video that Aaliyah had filmed in the Bahamas) this morning.
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BELOW ARE STATEMENTS FROM AALIYAH'S FAMILY AND VIRGIN AND BLACKGROUND RECORDS.

The Haughton Family Statement
Aaliyah's family is devastated at the loss of their loving daughter & sister. Their hearts go out to those families who also lost their loved ones in this tragic accident.




The Blackground Records Statement
Blackground is devastated with the loss of our Queen. The example she showed young people will be sorely missed and we hope her short time on earth will be an inspiration to young people all over the world.

We are equally distraught by the passing of our Blackground family members Gina Smith and Keith Wallace. Their hard work and dedication were an invaluable contribution to the success of Aaliyah and Blackground. Our prayers go out to all the families.




The Virgin Records Statement
The worldwide Virgin family is devastated by the news of this terrible and tragic accident and our hearts and thoughts go out to all those families who lost loved ones.

Aaliyah, one of the world's brightest and most talented stars, will be mourned by all who loved her and loved her music. Her depth and versatility as an artist was matched by the passion and devotion she had for her craft.

We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Virgin staff member Doug Kratz. Doug was an extremely dedicated and talented professional, whose enthusiasm, energy and spirit will be missed by everyone who worked alongside him everyday.
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HERE'S A FULL ARTICLE FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

AUGUST 26, 10:41 EDT
Plane Crash Kills Singer Aaliyah

By TIM AYLEN
Associated Press Writer


MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas (AP) R&B singer and actress Aaliyah and eight others died when their small plane crashed in perfect weather after taking off in the Bahamas, the engines of the Cessna apparently failing, authorities said.

The 22-year-old singer had gone to the Bahamas to shoot a music video and was headed back to Florida, officials said. The pilot and all eight passengers were killed.

The twin-engine Cessna went down in clear skies with little wind about 6:50 p.m. Saturday, roughly 200 feet from the end of the runway at Marsh Harbour airport, about 100 miles north of Nassau. Some of the brush was still smoldering Sunday morning as investigators searched the mangled wreckage.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash on Abaco Island. But Bahamian police Superintendent Basil Rahming said one of the Cessna's engines ``apparently failed.''

Six people, including Aaliyah, died instantly. The three others later died of their injuries, he said.

Aaliyah, of Detroit, was to begin shooting the video for ``Rock The Boat'' this month in Miami, according to her Web site. It was not clear whether she filmed that video while in the Bahamas.

Her song ``Try Again'' earned her a Grammy nomination this year for best female R&B vocalist. Her second album, released in 1996 when she was just 17, and the single ``If Your Girl Only Knew'' went double platinum.

Aaliyah made her feature acting debut in last year's film ``Romeo Must Die,'' and also was signed on to appear in two sequels to the high-tech thriller ``The Matrix.''

She was born Aaliyah Haughton on January 16, 1979, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She made her stage debut as an orphan in a production of ``Annie'' at the age of 6. Her uncle was married to the soul singer Gladys Knight, who invited Aaliyah to perform with her during a five-night stint in Las Vegas when Aaliyah was 11.

Aaliyah struck a licensing deal as a teen-ager after her uncle, Barry Hankerson, formed Blackground Records.

She went gold with her debut album, ``Age Ain't Nothing But Number,'' in 1994 when she was 15 and benefitted from working closely with hip-hop producer R. Kelly.

``She was like one of my daughters, she was one of the sweetest girls in the world,'' said Grammy-winning producer, arranger and composer Quincy Jones. ``She vacationed with me and my family together in Fiji. I loved her and respected her and I am absolutely devastated.''

Rahming said the other passengers killed were Scott Gallin, 41; Keith Wallace, 49, of Los Angeles; Douglas Kratz, 28, a representative for Virgin Records, and makeup artist Eric Foreman, 29, both of Hollywood, Calif.; Gina Smith, 29, of New Jersey; and Christopher Maldonado, 32, of New York.

Anthony Dodd, 34, of Los Angeles, died at a Nassau hospital early Sunday morning. The plane's pilot, identified only as L. Marael, also was killed. The plane was bound for Opa-locka, Fla., police said.

Abaco Island Chief Councilor Silbert Mills said he happened to be at the airport as the plane took off and then crashed. He said he helped rescue the injured.

``I pulled one from the aircraft, and he was screaming,'' Mills said. ``He said he was in a lot of pain.''

The Cessna 402 was owned by Skystream, a company based in Pembroke Pines, Fla., said Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta. The company's telephone number was not listed, and officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
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HERE'S A FULL ARTICLE FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
AUGUST 26, 01:33 EDT
Singer Aaliyah Killed in Plane Crash


MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas (AP) R&B singer and actress Aaliyah died after a small plane that was to carry her and eight others back to the United States crashed after takeoff in the Bahamas, authorities said.

Eight were killed in Saturday's crash, and one critically injured man was flown to Florida for treatment, officials said.

``We find it devastating and most unfortunate that after having this world-famous star Aaliyah and her crew select the Bahamas as their choice location for her latest video, the project has climaxed on such a tragic note,'' said Minister of Tourism Tommy Turnquest, who happened to be visiting Abaco Island, where the plane went down.

Aaliyah, 22, was to begin shooting the video for ``Rock The Boat'' this month in Miami, according to her Web site. It was not clear whether she filmed that video while in the Bahamas.

Aaliyah's song ``Try Again'' earned her a Grammy nomination for best female R&B vocalist. She made her feature acting debut in the film ``Romeo Must Die.'' She also had signed on to appear in two sequels to the high-tech thriller ``The Matrix.''

``She was like one of my daughters, she was one of the sweetest girls in the world,'' said Quincy Jones, 68, the Grammy-winning producer, arranger and composer. ``She vacationed with me and my family together in Fiji. I loved her and respected her and I am absolutely devastated.''

The private plane was leaving the Marsh Harbour airport on a trip to Opa-locka, Fla. when it went down Saturday evening, said police spokesman Marvin Dames. Marsh Harbour is located about 100 miles north of Nassau.

After the crash, the mangled twin-engine plane rested about 75 yards from the end of the runway in a marshy area. Workers carried away badly burned bodies and laid them nearby. Pieces of the plane were strewn about the crash site.

Abaco Island Chief Councilor Silbert Mills said those killed included two women and six men. He said he happened to be at the airport and saw the plane taxi out. The next thing he knew, the plane was on the ground. He said he helped rescue the injured.

``I pulled one from the aircraft, and he was screaming,'' Mills said. ``He said he was in a lot of pain.''

The cause of the crash was unclear. Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in Atlanta, said the plane was a Cessna 402 owned by Skystream, a company based in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She said the plane crashed at the end of the airport's runway at 6:50 p.m.
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HERE'S A FULL ARTICLE FROM MTV.COM


Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash Saturday in the Bahamas, the Associated Press reports.

The 22-year-old singer, born Aaliyah Haughton, was among eight killed when a small airplane crashed on Abaco Island soon after takeoff, authorities told the news service. Aaliyah was in the Bahamas shooting her next video, Bahamas Minister of Tourism Tommy Turnquest told AP.

The plane, a Cessna 402, reportedly was on its way from Marsh Harbour on Abaco to Opa-locka, Florida, when it went down. The cause of the crash was unclear, authorities told the news service.

In July, Aaliyah released her self-titled third album, which found her moving away from club beats toward more introspective, midtempo numbers (see "Aaliyah Makes Love And War On New Album"). The album features the single "We Need a Resolution," one of three songs she recorded with producer and frequent collaborator Timbaland.

The singer, who co-starred with martial artist Jet Li in the 2000 action flick "Romeo Must Die," plays the title role in the film adaptation of the Anne Rice novel "Queen of the Damned" and was cast in "The Matrix 2," both due in 2002 (see "Aaliyah Finishes New Album During Break From Movies").

She released her first album, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, in 1994.

For a feature interview with Aaliyah, check out "Aaliyah: Been A Long Time."

Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen