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21 February 2022, 09:58 | Updated: 21 February 2022, 15:49
Celebrities and supporters have paid tribute to late music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards after reports confirm he died aged 31.
Jamal Edwards has died at the age of 31. The legendary UK music pioneer has been commemorated online with many celebrities and fans paying tribute to him.
Edwards, 31, was the eldest son of Loose Women Brenda Edwards. His mother, Brenda, wrote a statement and shared it with Good Morning Britain, and it was read out live on air by Susanna Reid.
"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 Tanish and the rest of his family and friends are completely devastated. He was the centre of our world," she shared.
After the devastating death of Jamal, our thoughts are with Brenda today. She’s sent us this message: pic.twitter.com/EZWH3b5tcX— Loose Women (@loosewomen) February 21, 2022
She continued: "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.
Brenda added: "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, PHD."
Jamal Edwards seen at 2020 Birds of Prey premiere
Celebrities, supporters and loved ones of the YouTube star and author – who was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours list in 2014 for his work in music and his business.
The Luton-born star was appointed an MBE for services to music in 2014.
Edwards also became an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, which is a youth charity run by the Prince of Wales, assisting young people in setting up their own companies.
West London rapper, AJ Tracey, was one of the first to pay tribute to Jamal Edwards, tweeting: "RIP Jamal Edwards, west London legend status".
Birmingham rapper Jaykae also payed tribute on Twitter, writing: "I think I can speak for us all as artists and as supporters of uk grime/rap scene when I say I owe this man so much!
Helped me sometimes without even speaking of it. RIP Jamal Edwards💙 my guy man!!! Can’t believe I’m tweeting this. Legend. I love ya."
Krept, of Krept & Konan, took to Instagram with a tribute post, sharing a photo of Edwards, and a screenshot of the duo's SB.TV freestyle.
Krept wrote: "The first person to ever give us our first opportunity to any established platform was Jamal. He was the first to believe and he is a major reason we are where we are today.
I cannot believe this news im heart broken and im sending love and prayers to all of Jamals friends and family. Rest in perfect peace my brother. Thankyou for everything and your contribution to British music. Forever a legend"
One fan wrote: "A pioneer in taking Black British music and culture digital via SBTV.
Thank you for being the helm of visual content and a home for artists that didn’t feel seen in the mainstream. The impact is felt and will be for generations to come. An eternal talent. RIP Jamal Edwards."
See more celebrity and fan tributes below.
Saving one life is something to be proud of. Saving multiple is something to be celebrated for.— hardy caprio (@HardyCaprio) February 20, 2022
Here is a man who saved all of our lives whether you were watching his vids or an artist he gave opportunity.
R.I.P Jamal Edwards.
Those good deeds will always follow you. pic.twitter.com/Gc2eIM10DG
Jamal Edwards… Not only did he build a platform to give so many young men & women a opportunity to showcase our talents but he was behind the scenes giving us advice and making links happen as well. You changed so many of our lives.. Prayers go out to his mum, sister & family ❤️— Yungen (@YungenPlayDirty) February 21, 2022
I don’t like posting messages or dms between people n me after they pass but I if I did you would see the kind of person Jamal was always willing . always got a idea . always encouraging actually a fan of the game . His energy never changed from day 1 till today— BIG F (@FekkyOfficial) February 21, 2022
One of the first people to really help me navigate through music, giving so many like myself a platform to sing and be true to themselves. He will remain a legend in all our books. RIP Jamal Edwards 💔🕊— Amira (@miraa_may) February 20, 2022
Fam what didn’t Jamal do for anyone it’s crazy this is a serious serious loss man gutted 😞— TRAPO (@ktrap19) February 21, 2022
somehow the good ones go too soon. woken up wondering why it had to be you. we love you more than words could ever do justice. thank you for being you. thank you for making this world a far better place. Jamal ♥️ pic.twitter.com/I89LudArvi— Sinéad Harnett (@SineadHarnett) February 21, 2022
I’m in tears. So heartbreaking to hear the news of Jamal Edwards 💔💔💔 prayers to his family and loved ones nothing makes sense anymore 😞🙏🏾 @SBTVonline— #CARMEN 💜💔 (@LadyLeshurr) February 20, 2022
This can’t be true!!!!! Jamal Edwards you were the kindest person, always smiling, lifting up others & you’ve hands down been an inspiration to us all. This is devastating 💔💔💔💔💔💔— Kamille (@KamilleXX) February 20, 2022
1/2 Today I was on set when I found out the tragic news that my good friend Jamal Edwards had passed away and I’m honestly heartbroken. Jamal was one of the nicest, most down to earth and humble men I’ve met in this industry. He always gave me time even when no one else would. pic.twitter.com/0ILKrIXtxH— Adam Deacon (@realadamdeacon) February 20, 2022
Jamal Edwards, one of the most generous people I have ever met. Someone who loved music and truly believed in all the joy it brings. Going above and beyond to connect people and bring ideas to life. You have shaped culture and changed the lives of others - never to be forgotten.— Amelia Dimoldenberg (@ameliadimz) February 20, 2022
Rest in Peace, Jamal Edwards.— Munya Chawawa (@munyachawawa) February 20, 2022
To think how many dreams were fulfilled and how much potential was discovered because of your platform and work.
What an incredible legacy; thank you 🙏🏽
I used to talk to this 15 y/o kid on MSN & we compared notes on cameras in my early Despacam days.— Despa Robinson (@DespaRobinson) February 20, 2022
That kid went on to become a giant by the name of Jamal Edwards. He left the door open & 1000s of us ran through it.
Thank you so much Jamal 🕊❤️.
An unquantifiable impact pic.twitter.com/VvBliln05J
Jamal Edwards attended the Brit Awards earlier this month and DJ at a gig in north London on Saturday night.
R.I.P Jamal Edwards