Every generation has their icon that died too young. No matter where we are in life, the moment we hear that person’s name, we are taken back to the moment when we heard that they passed away.
I remember the day I heard that Aaliyah died. She died 16 years ago yesterday. 16 years ago I had just moved into my dorm for my junior year of college. I was sitting at my computer and I saw that she died in a plane crash. There is nothing so profound and heartbreaking to know that a member of your generation, what had everything, including a bright future, was taken far too soon.
If nothing else, it is a stark reminder that life is short and we can go at anytime.
RIP Aaliyah. Only G-d knows what would have happened if fate had taken a different turn. We miss you.