Jamal Edwards dies at 31

Tributes are pouring in to celebrate the life of Jamal Edwards, the entrepreneur who set up the online music platform SB.TV and launched a string of UK music careers including Dave and Jessie J, Independent reports.

The report adds that the music mogul’s manager confirmed the news of his death on Sunday (20 February).

On Monday (21 February), Edwards’s mother Brenda announced that her son died of a “sudden illness” and said that she and her family were “completely devastated” by his 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.

Edwards was an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a charity headed by the Prince of Wales, and in 2014 he was awarded an MBE for his services to music.

Dua Lipa, AJ Tracey, and comedian Mo Gilligan have led a wealth of tributes from the entertainment industry and beyond for Edwards.

Gilligan, who hosted the Brit Awards earlier this month, called Edwards a “truly humble and blessed soul”.

He wrote on Twitter: “Your legacy will live on for years and you’ve inspired a whole generation. Rest easy Jamal Edwards.”

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