Drake writes tribute letter to Aaliyah on anniversary of her death

Says her death was “like a clean shot from Muhammad Ali”

To mark the ninth anniversary of singer Aaliyah’s death, rap artist Drake wrote an open letter on the site Rap Radar on Wednesday. The rapper wrote that her death connected with his heart “like a clean shot from Muhammad Ali.” He says that he’s “never lost a parent, a friend, or a lover” but that he “will never forget this day for the rest of my life.” Drake had never met Aaliyah, but says he was “truly in love” with her.

Rap Radar

Looking for more?

Get the Best of Maclean's sent straight to your inbox. Sign up for news, commentary and analysis.