On the 14th anniversary of the sudden and tragic passing of Aaliyah, friends, family and fans share their remarks and memories about the beloved singer who died in a plane crash in 2001. As her closest collaborators Timbaland and Missy Elliott share messages of love on social media, one person who never got to work with Aaliyah also had a message: Janet Jackson.
Taking to Twitter with a handwritten note, Jackson penned a short and sweet tribute to the fallen star:
“What I shared with u ever sacred everlasting N it’s pure + it will endure
I love u Aaliyah
While Aaliyah got the chance to express that she–among a slew of other young artists–was influenced by Jackson, the two never fulfilled plans of a joint song. In an interview in 2006, Jackson recalled the only time she got to hang out with Aaliyah, and highlighted her beauty inside and out.
“This is someone that I had the opportunity of meeting only once in my life because of Missy, and we hung out one night. And I really felt like we were gonna become really good friends,” Jackson said. “What a sweet girl, and one of the most stunning looking women I have ever seen in my life in person, just absolutely gorgeous.”