This past weekend marked the 17th anniversary of the tragic plane accident that ended the life of ascendant pop-star Aaliyah. Though she may be gone, she is most definitely not forgotten, having left behind a legacy in the avenues of music, fashion, and film. Among those commemorating Aaliyah’s passing, along with the still-thriving influence she left behind, is the Dutch-Passer herself, Missy Elliott.
Missy took to Twitter on Saturday to share with fans a letter to Aaliyah, reminding her that even seventeen years after her passing, she continues to occupy space in both our brains and our hearts. “Aaliyah: We miss you so much ☹ But your legacy will live on forever and ever!” Missy scrawls down on a sheet of paper, before the camera pans over to showcase the impressively large Aaliyah-themed contingent of Elliott’s wardrobe.
That wasn’t the only message Elliott offered to the late songstress: in the caption to the video of Missy writing her letter, she also included a message lamenting the potential that we never got the privilege to see fully realized, stating “Aaliyah (Babygirl) I can only imagine how great you would be today winning oscars & creating sick music & still setting fashion trends!”
Watch Missy’s heartfelt message below: