Missy Elliott took to Instagram on Tuesday (January 16) on what would’ve been Aaliyah’s 39th birthday to share four photos commemorating their friendship. The post came with a lengthy caption that expressed how much the late R&B singer is missed.
“Aaliyah so many people LOVE your Style & Music TIL this day!” Elliott wrote. “I wish they all got a chance to meet you to see how CARING you were to EVERYONE you met! I CAN STILL HEAR YOU LAUGH & us cracking up all the time & me you @Timbaland joking.
“we MISS YOU so much!” she continued. “but I know you are surrounded by ANGELS and yall dancing doing a Dope routine a sick 8 count for your BDAY. WE LOVE U from The Supa friends! and YOUR FANS! Prayers for mama DIANE & your bro RASHAD.”
Aaliyah died in a plane crash en route to Florida on August 25, 2001 after filming the video for “Rock The Boat” in the Bahamas at the age 22. She was at the height her career and had already released three studio albums, including her 1994 debut, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, and 1996’s One In A Million.
Elliott and producer Timbaland worked on the aforementioned One In A Million, which went on to sell over eight million copies worldwide.
Fellow artists and collaborators such as Timbo, Usher and Sean “Diddy” Combs also took to Twitter to pay their respects.
Check out some their posts below.