On Saturday, August 25th, pop princess Aaliyah boarded a ten-seat twin-engine Cessna 402B in Nassau Bahamas bound for Opa-Locka, Florida, with the pilot, Luis Morales III. She boarded with seven members of her crew: video-production director Douglas Kratz, 28; bodyguard Scott Gallin, 41; hairstylists Anthony Dodd, 34, and Eric Forman, 29; Blackground Records executive Gina Smith, 30; makeup artist Christopher Maldonado, 32; and friend Keeth Wallace, 49. A few minutes after take off, the plane crashed just a few hundred feet from the runway. Aaliyah was among six passengers dead at the scene; three others passed away hours later.
Aaliyah rose to fame first as protege of R Kelly with her first hit Back and Forth, she later branched out and made a name for herself through her music and blossoming acting career. When she passed she was dating then hip-hip mogul Damon Dash.
Rock the Boat was the video Aaliyah was filming while in the Bahamas, before her untimely death.