Born: January 16, 1979
Died: August 25, 2001
Birth Name: Aaliyah Dana Haughton
Date of Birth: January 16, 1979
Date of Death: August 25, 2001
This Brooklyn born, Detroit raised singer started her career very early in life. With a natural musical talent, she entered the weekly televised talent contest, Star Search, where she received major exposure.
By the time she was 14, she had cut her first record 'Age ain't Nothing but a Number.' The album went platinum and Aaliyah soon found herself touring the States, Europe, Japan and South Africa.
She graduated from Detroit's High School for the Performing Arts in 1997, and three years later found herself starring in her first feature film, Romeo Must Die (2000), alongside Hong Kong action star, Jet Li.
She completed work on her second feature, Queen of the Damned (2002), in which she stars, before releasing her fourth album, Aaliyah.
Aaliyah was married to film composer, R. Kelly in 1994, but their marriage was annulled a few months later.
She was working on The Matrix sequel when tragedy struck after filming a music video down in the Bahamas.
At 22 years of age, Aaliyah died in a plane crash.