Missy Elliott Shares Tribute to Aaliyah on 17th Anniversary of Her Death

By Katrina Nattress

August 26, 2018

Saturday (August 25) marked the 17th anniversary of Aaliyah's untimely death, and Missy Elliott posted an emotional video on Twitter to honor her "Babygirl."

The clip shows the rapper handwriting a letter to the late singer. "Aaliyah, We miss you so much" she writes, adding a frowning face for emphasis, “but your legacy will live on forever and ever.” The camera then pans over to a collection of clothing adorned with Aaliyah's name and face. 

"Aaliyah (Babygirl) I can only imagine how great you would be today winning oscars & creating sick music & still setting fashion trends!" Elliott captioned the clip. "Your mom & brother @RAD_6 & your fans been holding it down 4 u you will always be A One in A Million  sleep peacefully angel Babygirl"

Watch the heartfelt, emotional tribute below.

Aaliyah died on August 25, 2001 after the twin-engine Cessna 402B carrying the singer and her eight-person entourage crashed just after takeoff from Marsh Harbour Airport in the Bahamas, killing everyone on board. The cause of the accident was later determined to be because the vehicle was overloaded by approximately 700 pounds and carried one extra passenger. Aaliyah was just 22 years old at the time of her death.

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