'Queen Of The Damned' was filmed during the weeks leading up to her death in a tragic plane crash...

The actor who co-starred with Aaliyah in feature film ’Queen Of The Damned’ during the weeks leading up to the r’n’b star’s tragic death has described how he was “in bits” seeing her onscreen in the completed picture.

Speaking to NME.COM ahead of this weekend’s opening of the film, Stuart Townsend also spoke about how difficult the cast were finding it coming to terms with her death. The singer perished in a plane crash last August.

“The first time I saw the film it was a month after her death,” he said. “I was in a screening room on my own and I was in bits. I saw the film again three months ago in Australia and had a great time, but it’s still very hard for the crew and cast to watch it.”

He added: “She was a really cool girl who loved to work hard. If you asked most girls if they’d play a 6000-year-old Egyptian vampire, they’d say no, but she was up for anything. You always knew when she was on set because she would be cracking jokes and having a laugh.”

Aaliyah and eight others died when their charted plane crashed almost immediately after takeoff from the Bahaman island of Abaco on a short journey to Miami’s Lantana Airport. The star had been on the island for a video shoot. Initial reports into the accident revealed that the small Cessna craft had been perilously overloaded.

’Queen Of The Damned’ was completed after her death with her brother voicing her closing lines. The film was a box-office smash in the US when it opened in February becoming the biggest grossing film on its opening weekend.

In the film, the sequel to ‘Interview With A Vampire’, Townsend’s character is a vampire who reinvents himself as a contemporary rock star. Korn’s Jonathan Davis co-wrote five songs for the film, but his contract with Epic rules out his voice being on the soundtrack. Artists including Marilyn Manson and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington have recorded new vocals for the soundtrack.