11 Influential Deaths of the 2000s
The world brought us and took away some of most talented and gifted artists in R&B, like the legendary Michael Jackson and Ray Charles. Some were taken at a much younger age than others, like the young and beautiful Aaliyah and TLC member, Lisa Lopes, also known as Left-Eye. R&B music would not be where it's at without their contribution to it. We are left with their songs, influence in pop culture and even dance moves, like the funkiest of them all, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul.
Aaliyah (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001)
Sensational recording artist, model and actress, Aaliyah began her career at the age of twelve. She was the first artist in Billboard history to top the Billboard Hot 100 solely on airplay with her single, "Try Again." On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in an airplane crash in The Bahamas after filming the music video for the single "Rock the Boat."
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