Aaliyah who's singing and acting career was expanding dramatically died abruptly in a plane crash. She played in "Romeo Must Die" and was to apear in "The Matrix II" and "III" and "Queen of the Damned." Aaliyah was 22 years old when she died.
Aaliyah has been credited for helping redefine R and hip hop in the 1990s. She is listed by Billboard as the tenth most successful female R artist of the past 25 years, and 27th most successful R artist overall.