On Monday, his mother confirmed that her “beautiful” and “inspiring” son died on Sunday morning from a “sudden illness”.
Brenda Edwards, a member of the British television talk show Loose Woman, paid tribute to the memory of her son in a statement she shared on the program’s social media accounts, saying that she and her family were “shattered”.
“It is with the deepest heartache that I confirm that my beautiful son Jamal Edwards passed away yesterday morning after a sudden illness. Myself, his sister Tanisha and the rest of his family and friends are utterly devastated. He has been the center of our world,” the statement.
And she continued, “As we come to terms with his death, we ask for privacy to mourn this unimaginable loss. I would like to thank everyone for the messages of love and support they provided. Jamal was an inspiration to myself and many. Our love for him lives on and his legacy continues.” Jamal Edwards lives an MBA, MBA, and Ph.D. ”
Edwards was a leading figure in British rap. He grew up in Acton, West London, and entered the music scene at the age of 15 when his parents gave him a camcorder for Christmas.
In 2006, he launched SBTV (SmokeyBarz TV) as an online platform to showcase emerging artists. He introduced early on and helped launch the careers of artists such as Dave, Jesse J, Ed Sheeran, and Skepta.
SBTV’s YouTube channel now has 1.2 million subscribers and nearly 1 billion total views.
“I remember sitting there and thinking, ‘Why can’t I find her online?'” And if they were online, it was just poor quality copies, so I thought ‘Okay, cool, I’ll try to shoot people in my area and upload it to YouTube.’ And from there I just started building and growing.”
As his success grew, Edwards turned his hand to philanthropy as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a youth charity run by the Prince of Wales that helps young people set up their own businesses. In 2014 – at the age of 24 – he was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) award for his services to music.
After the news of his death, tributes poured in from major figures in the music industry, sports stars and political figures.
‘I feel very disappointed. No words can describe how grateful I am to have you. Thank you for everything you showed me. My heart goes out to brendaedwardsglobal and the whole family. to cut.”
George Poet wrote on Twitter: “RIP Jamal Edwards. Thank God you did what he sent you to do. So many of us owe our careers to you, brother.” “Thank you for everything.”
Chelsea and England footballer Rhys James added his condolences, tweeting: “Rest in peace Jamal Edwards. Words have been lost.”