ARTICLE: The death of Aaliyah

The death of Aaliyah (By Truplaya611)

(Originally written as a narrative essay).

R&B music will never be the same. As I was walking around the campus of UMES, listening to the radio on my walkman, on August 26th, I heard some tragic news. Ocean City’s 103.9 OC 104 reported that singer Aaliyah had died in a plane crash while in the Bahamas. My initial reaction was total shock. I was thinking, “Could it be, my baby Aaliyah dead?” I couldn’t believe it, dead at only 22 years old.

My love for Aaliyah goes way back to when I was younger. Her first single “Back and Forth” caught my attention immediately. Her voice was like no other artist. And when I saw her music video, it was love at first sight. I know that sounds silly, but I would say that it is somewhat true. Even though I didn’t have the money to buy her first album “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number”, I would always listen for her songs on the radio.

When “One In A Million” hit record stores, I knew I had to get it. Thankfully, I received it as a Christmas gift. Since this was the only Aaliyah album I had during that time, I cherished it like no other. Of course there were other rap, and R&B artists out there, but Aaliyah’s CD was always close by.

Recently, before her death, Aaliyah released her third self-titled album. Who would have known this would be her last. I know I didn’t, but God has a plan for all of us. According to various news reports, Aaliyah was shooting a video for her next single while in the Bahamas. Her plane crashed a few feet off of the runway. Officials believe that there was too much weight on the private plane. Some members of her crew were also killed. Aaliyah was laid to rest on August 31st in New York City.

This whole ordeal has been a lot for me. Even though I didn’t know her personally, it felt like I knew her through her music. I will admit, when I was watching a documentary about her life on MTV, I got a little teary eyed. The music, and entertainment industry has lost a great, talented singer, and actress. From this loss, I shall grow stronger. Rest in Peace Aaliyah, you’ll always be in my heart.

Until next time, Peace & 1 Luv.


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