NEW YORK – Virgin Records has stiffed a Bahamas funeral home for $68,000 -- the cost of preparing R&B singer Aaliyah's body and flying it home after her death in a plane crash last year.
Loretta Turner, director of Butlers' Funeral Home in Nassau, the Bahamas, told Time magazine that the label is not shelling out the money it said it would pay to take care of the bodies of Aaliyah and eight other passengers who died in the Aug. 25 crash.
Turner reached out to the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, but it was unable to help her get the money, which Virgin executives verbally promised to pay after the crash, she said.
Attorneys for Aaliyah's parents, Michael and Diane Haughton, have prepared a lawsuit against Virgin that says the company never filled its promise to pay Brooklyn-born Aaliyah's funeral expenses.
Virgin representatives have refused comment.
Turner says she plans to hold on to the death certificates of the passengers and pilot, which will be needed before Aaliyah's estate is settled and before any lawsuits can be filed.