Beloved singer Aaliyah died 14 years ago, and many stars, former collaborators, and fans paid tribute to her legacy on Tuesday, the anniversary of her death. Janet Jackson was one of the mourners, and posted a note to the late singer, who died in a plane crash in 2001.
“What I shared with u is ever sacred, everlasting [and] it’s pure and it will endure. I love u Aaliyah. #RIP,” Jackson wrote. She added on Twitter: “I know u r there shining down on me.”
Jackson and Aaliyah never recorded together but Aaliyah was a documented fan and once said in a 1997 interview with Rosie O’Donnell, “I try to mention her in every interview because I want to meet her and maybe at some point in my career collaborate with her.”
In 2006 Jackson spoke about meeting Aaliyah and said, “This is someone that I had the opportunity of meeting only once in my life because of Missy, and we hung out one night. And I really felt like we were gonna become really good friends. What a sweet girl, and one of the most stunning looking women I have ever seen in my life in person, just absolutely gorgeous.”