Aaliyah, the R&B singer who died in 2001, had her birthday on Jan. 16.
She would have been 35.
At the age of 22, Aaliyah–born Aaliyah Dana Haughton in Brooklyn–and eight others were killed in a plane crash over the Bahamas after she filmed the music video “Rock the Boat.”
Aaliyah was identified as a rare talent from an early age, and when she was 12, she signed a record deal with Jive in the early 1990s. She also appeared on “Star Search” and sang with Gladys Knight.
When she was 15, she released “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number,” which topped the charts. Later, she released “One in a Million” in 1996, which sold 2 million copies.
In 2000, she appeared in the film “Romeo Must Die” alongside rapper DMX.
On Wednesday, fans tweeted “RIP” in her memory.
“Happy Birthday to the beautiful and talented, Aaliyah! #RIP,” wrote one.
Added another, “Till this day im still in love with Aaliyah.”
“HBD Aaliyah! You’ve inspired my voice, my music, and millions around the world. You were taken too soon but will never be forgotten…#RIP,” tweeted another user.