Aaliyah was carried unconscious onto plane before fatal crash after she refused to board, new book alleges

Aaliyah was carried unconscious onto plane before fatal crash after she refused to board, new book alleges



A new book by music journalist Kathy Iandoli refutes reports that singer Aaliyah had insisted on boarding the small private plane that crashed 20 years ago, killing her and other passengers.



In the book titled Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah, Iandoli speaks to Kingsley Russell, a baggage carrier who worked for his family's taxi business in the Bahamas, which is where Aaliyah and her crew had been shooting what would be the singer's final music video, "Rock the Boat."



Russell, who was 13 at the time, now 33, claims he was with Aaliyah, 22, before the plane took off, as his stepmother was transporting the singer and her team to the airport.



Unlike reports that emerged following the crash, Russell claims Aaliyah had repeatedly refused to board the plane. So she was given a sleeping pill after telling her team that she had a headache and wanted to take a nap. The singer then fell asleep in the back of the taxi and was carried onto the plane while unconscious.



Russell said it is not made clear as to whether the singer knew that the pill she had been offered was a sleeping pill and not something to treat her headache.


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