Aaliyah Services on Friday

Private and public ceremonies to be held in Manhattan

August 30, 2001 12:00 AM ET

A public memorial service honoring the life of the twenty-two-year-old R&B singer and actress Aaliyah will be held on Friday, August 31st in New York City. The service will be held from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Cipriani's (110 East 42nd Street) in Time's Square, and will feature a continuous loop of Aaliyah's videos and music.

A private funeral for Aaliyah, attended by family and friends, will also be held tomorrow in Manhattan. Funeral arrangements are being worked out by the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home in New York as well as her label, Virgin Records.

Aaliyah (born Aaliyah Dana Haughton) was killed on Saturday when her privately chartered plane crashed in the Bahamas, where she had just finished filming a video for her song "Rock the Boat."

The eight other people on the plane -- Douglas Kratz, twenty-eight, director of video production for Virgin; Eric Foreman, twenty-nine, makeup artist; Anthony Dodd, thirty-four, hairstylist; Keith Wallace, forty-nine, road manager; Gina Smith, twenty-nine, product manager; Scott Gallin, forty-one, bodyguard; Christopher Maldonado, thirty-two, video producer; and the pilot, Luis Antonio Morales Blanes, thirty -- were also killed, and their bodies will be returned to their various hometowns over the next two days.

Investigators are trying to determine if engine problems, pilot error or excess baggage weight caused the crash.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »