Report: Aaliyah Funeral Bill Unpaid
The funeral home in the Bahamas that prepared and transported R&B singer Aaliyah's body reportedly has accused her label, Virgin Records, of skipping out on the bill.The funeral home in the Bahamas that prepared and transported R&B singer Aaliyah's body reportedly has accused her label, Virgin Records, of skipping out on the bill.
Loretta Turner of Butlers Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Nassau told Time magazine that Virgin backed out on a verbal agreement to pay for the transport of the bodies of Aaliyah and eight others killed in an August 2001 small plane crash. Turner said she's out $68,000 and even appealed to the U.S. embassy in Nassau for help.
Robert Spragg, the attorney for Aaliyah's parents, told Time the family was told they'd be reimbursed for funeral expenses but haven't gotten anything. According to Time, the two executives who allegedly made the promises are no longer with the company.
Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate how cocaine and alcohol may have affected the pilot of the crash plane. An autopsy performed on pilot Luis Antonio Morales Blanes showed he had cocaine in his urine and traces of alcohol in his stomach. Morales, 30, was sentenced to three years probation on charges of crack cocaine possession 12 days before the crash.
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