Tribute: Jamal Edwards -1990–2022

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We’re so sad to hear the news about Jamal Edwards. His vision, creativity, and generosity launched the careers of so many artists. He was a true inspiration. Jamal Edwards MBE, son of Loose Women’s Brenda Edwards, has died unexpectedly at the age of 31. The young entrepreneur was best known as the founder of the film production company, SBTV, as well as his work as an author, director, and DJ. Jamal’s music platform, SBTV, helped launch the careers of artists including Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, and Dave. He also became an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, received an honorary MBA from Luton and Bedfordshire University and an honorary degree from the University of West London. 

Jamal Edwards tragically died from a sudden illness his devastated family have confirmed in an emotional statement. 

The 31-year-old’s heartbroken mum, Loose Women star, Brenda Edwards confirmed the tragic news. Object 1“It is with the deepest heartache that I confirm that my beautiful son Jamal Edwards passed away yesterday morning after a sudden illness,” Brenda penned. 

“Myself, his sister Tanisha and the rest of his family and friends are completely devastated. He was the centre of our world.”As we come to terms with his passing we ask for privacy to grieve this unimaginable loss. I would like to thank everyone for their messages of love and support.”MUSIC mogul Jamal Edwards sadly passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022. 

Thousands of friends and fans have rushed to pay tribute to the 31-year old. Brenda’s Loose Women co-star Denise Welch tweeted: “My heart aches for my friend Brenda. I can’t bear it. Jamal Edwards was a wonderful son and brother.”The official Twitter for MOBO wrote: “We are deeply saddened to learn of Jamal Edwards passing. As the founder of @SBTVonline, his groundbreaking work and legacy in British music and culture will live on. Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.” 

Presenter Jamie East penned: “I cannot overstate how tragic it is to lose Jamal Edwards. Without a shadow of a doubt one of the brightest, generous, and kindest people I’ve had the pleasure to know. A pioneer, a testament to entrepreneurship and hard work but above else just a lovely lovely man. Gutted.” 

Journalist Robert Peston echoed: “I am shocked and immensely sad to hear about the death of Jamal Edwards. He was such an inspirational and kind man. I loved filming with him on the BBC. And he was important to @speakrs4schools in its early days as a brilliant speaker. Condolences to all close to him.”MP Florence Eshalomi MP said: “Very sad hearing this loss. To have made such an impact at such a young age with SBTV. Rest in peace Jamal Edwards.”Businessman Frank Khalid added: “I’m absolutely heartbroken by the news that my friend Jamal Edwards has passed away. Just spoke with him a few days ago.” 

And ITV reporter Jam Williams-Thomas stated: “This man did so much for grime and UK music. I grew up watching SBTV see all the underrepresented artists of the scene. His grind is unmatched. A real inspiration and a huge, huge loss to the industry.” Jamal appeared alongside his mum, Brenda, on Loose Women in November. When asked about the inspiration behind his business, he admitted that his mum’s “work ethic” played a huge part.

Author: Andrew Collins

andrewc@gmail.com

London, UK

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