Photos: Controversial celebrity deaths

Singer <a href='http://archives.cnn.com/2001/SHOWBIZ/Music/08/27/aaliyah.obit/index.html' target='_blank'>Aaliyah was just hitting her stride</a> when her life ended in an August 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas. The 22-year-old had released her third album the month prior, and was lining up future movie projects as well. Investigators said the plane was <a href='http://archives.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/americas/08/30/aaliyah.crash/' target='_blank'>overloaded with luggage</a> at the time of the crash, which killed all nine people on board.

Singer Aaliyah was just hitting her stride when her life ended in an August 2001 plane crash in the Bahamas. The 22-year-old had released her third album the month prior, and was lining up future movie projects as well. Investigators said the plane was overloaded with luggage at the time of the crash, which killed all nine people on board.