Aaliyah's mom is making changes to her daughter's gravesite after an author used the location to promote an unauthorized book. https://t.co/HYvlGuI3SE— REVOLT (@revolttv) August 24, 2021
Diane Haughton, the mother of the late Aaliyah, called out an author for promoting an unauthorized book about the singer’s life at her gravesite. She wrote in part, a day before the anniversary of Aaliyah's passing, "due to the behavior of an individual that has been to Aaliyah’s resting place in order to promote a book, I have been forced to make a drastic change at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum. This person interrupted all my thoughts and ideas to make August 25th, 2021 a day of Remembrance and Love for my daughter."
Fans believe she is calling out author Kathy Iandoli, who recently released the book “Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah.” While the book focuses on Aaliyah's musical legacy, there is also attention to her relationships, abuse by R. Kelly, and rumors that Aaliyah may have been drugged moments before boarding the flight that later crashed in the Bahamas which killed her.
According to Iandoli, Aaliyah’s family declined to work with her on the book. “I did reach out to the family for permission,” she said. “It’s a strange legal situation involving the estate of Aaliyah, and I learned the complexities of this after Prodigy passed away, because you have the human and then you have the personality, the artist, the image.”
Iandoli responded to Ms. Haughton's post shortly after fans began harassing her:
I did not promote my book outside of Aaliyah's gravesite. That is offensive to even suggest. I have been told that fans have had my book there with them. Please no longer bring my book to Ferncliff. Apologies that fans can not visit Aaliyah's resting place.— kathy iandoli (She/Her) (@kath3000) August 24, 2021
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