Aaliyah died in a plane crash in the Bahamas along with eight other people. The pilot was unlicensed and found to have traces of alcohol and cocaine in his blood. The family filed a wrongful death suit against the flight company. It was settled out of court.
She died in a plane crash in 2001 on the way home to America from a music video shoot. To find out more about her read the great overview of her life and career here http://www.who2.com/ask/aaliyah.html