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Thursday, 6 September, 2001, 09:19 GMT 10:19 UK
Aaliyah's family plan tribute
Rashad and Diane Haughton
Aaliyah's brother and mother led the mourners
The family of 22-year-old R&B singer Aaliyah plans to make its first public statement about her death on Thursday.

The singer's brother, Rashad Haughton, will pay tribute to her at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Aaliyah
Aaliyah was due to star in The Matrix sequel
This will be the first time that Aaliyah family has made a public statement since her death in a plane crash in the Bahamas on 25 August.

The singer was commemorated in a horse-drawn procession and service in Manhattan, New York.

Hundreds of fans lined the streets of New York for the Grammy-nominated singer's funeral.

Those same fans are sending sales of the album Aaliyah released in July spiralling.

According to weekly statistics compiled by SoundScan, sales of the album, called simply Aaliyah, jumped by 400% after her death.

The album, released in July, had dropped out of the top 20 for weeks, but is now the top selling current pop album.

Aaliyah's funeral
22 white doves were released after the funeral
A surge in music sales following the death of a musician is not unusual.

Similar gains were noted after the deaths of Kurt Cobain, Notorious B.I.G. and Jerry Garcia.

Retailers believe that many had not heard of the up-and-coming star until she died.

Born in 1979 in New York, Aaliyah Haughton was raised in Detroit.

She began performing at age 11 when she sang with Gladys Knight, and her first album Age Ain't Nothing But A Number came out when she was 15 - and sold millions.

Aaliyah's song Try Again earned her a Grammy nomination for best female R&B vocalist, and last year she made her film acting debut in Romeo Must Die.

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