Today, January 16, would have been fallen singer Aaliyah’s 39th birthday. Several fans and celebs took to social media to pay tribute to the “At Your Best” vocalist, including longtime friend and collaborator, Missy Elliott.
The Virginia native tweeted a lengthy message in memory of Aaliyah with a number of throwback pictures featuring the two of them together.
“Aaliyah so many people ❤️ your Style & Music! I wish they all got a chance to meet you to see how CARING you were to EVERYONE you met! I CAN STILL HEAR YOU LAUGH & me you @Timbaland joking😌we MISS YOU so much but I know you are surrounded by ANGELS 4 your BDAY😇🎂🍰 WE LOVE U,” Missy said.
Check out the pictures below.
Aaliyah so many people ❤️ your Style & Music! I wish they all got a chance to meet you to see how CARING you were to EVERYONE you met! I CAN STILL HEAR YOU LAUGH & me you @Timbaland joking😌we MISS YOU so much but I know you are surrounded by ANGELS 4 your BDAY😇🎂🍰 WE LOVE U pic.twitter.com/18SCsTF3Fz
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 16, 2018
Fellow R&B crooner Maxwell also wished “baby girl” a happy 39th, as well as many fans. Check out the various tributes to the Detroit songstress.
— MAXWELL (@_MAXWELL_) January 16, 2018
Happy birthday to the beautiful Aaliyah, who would’ve turned 39 years old today. Always loved, never forgotten ❤️ pic.twitter.com/wo9DVcguxJ
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) January 16, 2018
Detroit’s very own Aaliyah would have been 39 today. RIP! pic.twitter.com/YfErdGozDL
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 16, 2018
Today would have been Aaliyah’s 39th Birthday, RIP Baby Girl pic.twitter.com/30MLdG4cBx
— Black Girl Culture (@blkgirlculture) January 16, 2018
Aaliyah died August 25, 2001 after her private plane crashed on the way back from shooting final music video, “Rock the Boat,” in the Caribbean.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.