Douglas Kratz, director of video production at Virgin Records, died Aug. 25 when the private plane carrying Aaliyah and her entourage crashed in the Bahamas shortly after takeoff. He was 28.
Born in Pasadena, Texas, and raised in Burbank, Calif., Kratz graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English literature. After working in video production at Warner Bros., Kratz moved to Virgin Records in 1999.
As director of video production, he focused on young, up-and-coming talent. In addition to Aaliyah’s video “Rock Da Boat,” which wrapped before takeoff, Kratz worked with Fatboy Slim on the video “Weapons of Choice,” which garnered nine nominations for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, including the nom for best video of the year.