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Aaliyah parents settle over death
Aaliyah had been a rising R&B star when she died aged 22
The parents of singer and actress Aaliyah have reached an undisclosed settlement over her death in a plane crash.

Family lawyers said they had struck a deal over a negligence lawsuit after the R&B star's death two years ago.

Aaliyah, 22, died along with eight others when a light aircraft crashed on take-off from the Bahamas in August 2001.

A rising star, she had gone on to play in movies such as Romeo Must Die.

Lawyers for her parents, Diane and Michael Haughton, filed a notice in federal court to say the case had been settled with an agreement to keep details confidential.

They had sued plane operator Blackhawk International Airways Corp, owners Skystream Inc and Gilbert Chacon, and flight broker Atlantic Flight Group. Blackhawk did not have permission from the Bahamas for commercial flights.

Crash investigators believed the plane was 315 kilograms (700lbs) overloaded.

Aaliyah won top female artist honours last month at the annual Billboard R&B-Hip-Hop Awards following five nominations the year before.

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