The event takes place later today in New York...

A public memorial service for late soul singer AALIYAH is to take place in NEW YORK.

According to US reports this morning, the memorial will take place later today (August 31) at Cipriani’s 42nd Street, located at 110 E, 42nd St. in New York.

Fans are invited to pay their respects between 10am and 8pm.

As previously reported, Aaliyah and eight others died when their plane crashed shortly after take-off in the Bahamas last Saturday (August 25). The star had been recording a music video. It is expected she will receive a private funeral.