Music industry entrepreneur Jamal Edwards died of a “sudden illness”, his mother Brenda has announced.
The SBTV founder, who helped launch the careers of artists including Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Jessie J, and Dave, died on Sunday (20 February) aged 31.
In a message shared on Good Morning Britain on Monday (21 February), his mother Brenda said that she and her family were “completely devastated” by Jamal’s death.
“It is with the deepest heartache that I can confirm that my beautiful son Jamal Edwards passed away yesterday morning after a sudden illness,” she said.
“Myself, his sister Tanisha and the rest of his family and friends are completely devastated. He was the center of our world.”
Loose Women panelist Brenda asked that the family be given privacy “to grieve this unimaginable loss”, adding: “I would like to thank everyone for their messages of love and support.”
“Jamal was an inspiration to myself and so many. Our love for him lives on, his legacy lives on. Long live Jamal Edwards MBE, MBA, Ph.D.”
The way in which Jamal’s death was first announced on social media has since been criticized by Loose Women co-star Charlene White, who said she spent the evening with Brenda after discovering Jamal had died.
Jamal’s death shocked the music world, with Dua Lipa, AJ Tracey, and Mo Gilligan all paying tribute.
Jamal founded SBTV – named after his rap moniker SmokeyBarz – in 2006 when he was just 15. The YouTube channel provided an essential platform for grime artists, subsequently helping to propel the genre into the mainstream.
In a heartfelt statement shared with Good Morning Britain and reported by The Metro, mum Brenda Edwards said that Jamal’s family are ‘completely devastated.
She said that he died following a sudden illness.
‘It is with the deepest heartache that I can confirm that my beautiful son Jamal Edwards passed away yesterday morning after a sudden illness,’ Brenda said.