August 26, 2001... Singer/actress Aaliyah and seven others died after their small plane crashed shortly after takeoff yesterday evening. Aaliyah had been visiting the Bahamas to choose a location for filming her next music video. Her latest album, self-titled Aaliyah, had just been released last month. She was 22.
The cause for the accident is not known at this time. Understandably, her tragic death has shocked and devastated her fans, as well as the many who were looking forward to her performance in the two Matrix sequels. How this will affect both Matrix 2 as well as Matrix 3, and the release of Aaliyah's Official website, the actress had completed 80% of her work for The Matrix Reloaded at the time of her death. She was scheduled to fly to Australia and finish the remainder of her Reloaded job, as well as Matrix 3, after the New Year. With so much of the actress' role already filmed, the creators of the Matrix sequels are now faced with the issue of completing the remainder of the Matrix filming without one of their leading stars -- and a decision about whether to recast the role must be weighing on their minds right now. [Originally appeared on Aaliyah2001.com.]