Aaliyah death 20th anniversary live

AALIYAH’s mom has launched a blistering attack on an author on the 20th anniversary of the pop star’s death.

The 22-year-old pop star died after the plane she was traveling in crashed on August 25, 2001, shortly after takeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport on the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas.

On the anniversary of the tragic accident, Aaliyah’s mom Diane Haughton spoke out about the release of a biography on her daughter, according to HotNewHipHop.

“First and foremost I want to thank my dear “Special Ones” that have been with us for years and supported every endeavor that came our way without hesitation,” she wrote on Instagram.

“However, due to the behavior of an individual that has been to Aaliyah’s resting place in order to promote a book, I have been forced to make a drastic change at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum.”

Fans believe Haughton was talking about journalist Kathy Iandoli’s biography Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah, which was released last week, according to HotNewHipHop.

However, Iandoli has denied those claims, saying on Twitter: “I did not promote my book outside of Aaliyah’s gravesite.

“That is offensive to even suggest. I have been told that fans have had my book there with them. Please no longer bring my book to Ferncliff. Apologies that fans can not visit Aaliyah’s resting place.”

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    The following investigation determined that the aircraft had attempted to take off while heavily overloaded – the eight passengers exceeded its certified maximum of seven.

    It also emerged that the pilot did not have the required qualifications to fly the aircraft type involved and had falsified relevant documents to obtain his pilot license.


    On August 25, 2001, a Cessna 402 twin-engine light aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport on the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas.

    Aaliyah and her entourage were onboard the vessel after they they had just completed filming of a music video and had chartered the flight to return to Florida.

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