Executive producer Debra Martin Chase has confirmed to Page Six that her Aaliyah biopic for Lifetime will include details of the singer’s controversial relationship with R. Kelly.
Aaliyah, who was killed in a 2001 plane crash when she was just 22, was alleged to have secretly, illegally married her mentor Kelly in 1994 when she was 15 and he was 27. Though the couple denied the union, a marriage certificate was eventually revealed that falsely listed Aaliyah’s age as 18.
The marriage was reportedly annulled by her parents.
Debra Martin Chase told Page Six, “Aaliyah’s personal and professional relationship with R. Kelly will be explored with care in the film as we set out to depict her life with the utmost respect. Above all else, it’s our hope to inspire an entirely new generation with her music and larger-than-life talent.”
The movie, starring Disney star Zendaya and based on a biography by Christopher John Farley, will cover Aaliyah’s life from 10 years old to her death at 22.
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Stolen Lives - Celebrity Accidental Deaths
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1. Charmayne Maxwell
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2. Lisa Lopes
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3. Paul Walker
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4. Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat died at age 27 from a cocaine-heroin overdose. AP
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5. Whitney Houston died in February of this year at age 48 by drowning. (AP)
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6. Michael Jackson died from cardiac arrest caused from a lethal dose of propofol.
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7. Dinah Washington died at age 39 from an accidental overdose of Rx drugs. AP
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8. Gerald Levert died at age 40 of an overdose of Rx drugs. (AP)
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9. Amy Winehouse died in July of 2011 at age 27 of alcohol poisoning. (AP)
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10. Bruce Lee died in 1973 at the age of 33 from a reaction to a pain killer. (AP)
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11. Brandon Lee died in 1993 during the filming of 'The Crow' at age 28. (AP)
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12. Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 at age of 36 of a drug overdose. (AP)
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13. Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 at the age of 27 of a drug overdose. (AP)
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14. Rapper Chris Kelly of the group Kris Kross died of a suspected cocaine/heroine overdose in 2013. (AP)
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15. Russell Jones, aka Ol' Dirty Bastard, died in 2004 at age 35. (AP)
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16. Anna Nicole Smith died at age 39 from a Rx drug overdose. (AP)
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17. Rapper Chad Butler, aka Pimp C, died in 2007 at age 33 of a Rx overdose. (AP)
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18. Heath Ledger died in 2008 at age 28 of an accidental Rx overdose. (AP)
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19. Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli died in 1998 at age 33 of an overdose. (AP)
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20. DJ Screw's death was an accidental codeine overdose. (AP)
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21. Brittany Murphy died in 2009 at age 32 of mulitiple drug intoxication. (AP)
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22. Janis Joplin died in 1970 at the age of 27 of a herion overdose. (AP)
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23. Elvis Presley died in 1977 at age 42 of cardiac arrhythmia by years of drug use.
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