I was only 11 when Aaliyah passed away but I still remember it like it was yesterday how deeply it affected me, I cried. It wasn’t just because of how big a fan I’ve always been of her music and never having met her I can’t say it was because I knew her well as a person (although she seemed like a sweet and wonderful person through and through). The reason I think her tragic death resonated so much with me was because through her life, hard work and music she inspired her fans and the world and showed us what it means to give love to everyone around you, to be grateful for those that show you love in return and to be thankful for all the blessings you have in life. And to have such a beautiful soul taken away from us in her prime, well that just tore me up completely - it did not seem real, fair or even possible to me at that age. So for as long as I live I will carry forward those lessons with me and I have her to thank for that: live, love, laugh, learn and grow because life is short and you never know what tomorrow brings.
RIP Aaliyah Dana ‘Babygirl’ Haughton
We will forever love you and cherish your 22 years of giving to the world. ❤️