Aaliyah Dana Haughton (January 16, 1979 - August 25, 2001) was an American R singer, dancer, fashion model and actress. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was raised in Detroit, Michigan, where she attended Detroit School of Performing Arts. The 22 year old singer’s life was tragically cut short in a 2001 plane crash after filming her video for “Rock The Boat” in The Bahamas.
“They try to paint the picture that I was this downtrodden, ugly girl who was unpopular in school and in life, and then I got this role [in Precious] and now I’m awesome. But the truth is that I’ve been awesome, and then I got this role.” - Gabourey Sidibe