Written By: Grave Reviews Staff
3. Aaliyah – Queen of the Damned (2002)
In 2002, Aaliyah starred as Queen Akasha in the film, Queen of the Damned. Queen Akasha is one of the oldest and most feared vampires according to the film. She is brutal and kills anyone who gets in her way, vampire and human alike. But, the way in which Aaliyah portrayed Queen Akasha was uncanny. In addition to being a brutal vampire, her sexual and seductive manner made the character that much more appealing as she manipulates those who she wants to use.
Aaliyah was born in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 12, Aaliyah was signed a label to Blackground Records and subsequently introduced to producer, R. Kelly. At the age of 14, Aaliyah had produced her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. The album sold over three million copies. Her career continued to flourish when she was signed to a different label at Atlantic Records. While continuing to produce her albums and continue her musical career, Aaliyah also starred in various films including Romero Must Die (2000) alongside actor, Jet Li.
On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah was scheduled to take a flight from the Bahamas to Florida. However, rather than take the scheduled flight, she took an immediate flight, which was a smaller aircraft. Shortly after takeoff, the plane crashed and exploded (sources indicate 200 feet from the runway). With a total of nine people on board including Aaliyah as well as her equipment, the plane was said to be 700 pounds (320 kg) overweight and housed more passengers than allowed for that particular aircraft. This was said to be the cause of the crash. Subsequent investigation also revealed that the pilot of the aircraft, Luis Morales III was not authorized to fly that plane. It was also revealed that his pilot license may have been forged. To top it off, possible traces of cocaine were found in his body. There were no survivors. Aaliyah died on August 25th, 2001. She was 22 years old. Many feel that she had a very promising career ahead of her, growing in her career at a very young age.