Jamal Edwards Dead At 31: ‘Words Can’t Explain’

British entrepreneur Jamal Edwards is dead at only 31 years old.

The DJ and founder of SBTV had been awarded an MBE for his services in music. His death was announced on Sunday by his company. The cause of death was not disclosed at this time.

Jamal Edwards Helped Jumpstart The Careers Of Notable Celebrities

Jamal Edwards at the World Premiere of Birds of PreyJamal Edwards at the World Premiere of Birds of Prey

Jamal Edwards was born in Luton and raised in Acton. He first began SBTV as a YouTube channel when he was still only a teenager. It quickly became a space for up-and-coming artists to share their talents with the world.

Edwards launched the series F64, which asked rappers to deliver 64 bars of new lyrics. An acoustic spin-off, A64, helped jumpstart the career of Ed Sheeran. His last Instagram post celebrated Sheeran’s 31st birthday on February 17.

Artists like Stormzy, Jessie J, and many others were featured on SBTV. In addition to his contributions to the music industry, Edwards was an author who published the self-help book “Self Belief: The Vision: How to Be a Success on Your Own Terms” in 2013.

He was also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, the youth charity run by Prince Charles. One of Edwards’ recent documentaries featured conversations with musicians to try to break the stigma surrounding mental health in the music industry.

Jamal Edwards Remembered: ‘Thank You For Everything’

“Thank you for everything🙏🏿❤️” Dave tweeted. “words can’t explain.”

“Jamal Edwards was such a generous and inspiring person,” Zane Lowe tweeted. “Always gracious, he was a true pioneer. To have lived in a time…”

“I’m in tears,” Lady Leshurr tweeted. “So heartbreaking to hear the news of Jamal Edwards 💔💔💔 prayers to his family and loved ones nothing makes sense anymore 😞🙏🏾 @SBTVonline”

Jaykae tweeted, “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.”

Chelsea FC tweeted, “We’re deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jamal Edwards. An inspiration to many, we’re honoured that he was part of our Chelsea family. Our thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved him. 💙”

The official YouTube Twitter account tweeted, “We’ve lost a legend today. Jamal Edwards was an inspiration to so many, supporting artists and shaping culture through @SBTVonline. Sending our condolences to Jamal’s family & community ❤️”

TTG Music Connoisseur tweeted, “Rest in Peace Jamal Edwards 💔 he gave the UK underground scene a voice and a place for young talent to thrive. SBTV will always be remembered as something legendary ❤️”

Trevoh Chalobah tweeted, “RIP Jamal Edwards lost for words right now 😞💔”

Despa Robinson tweeted, “I used to talk to this 15 y/o kid on MSN & we compared notes on cameras in my early Despacam days. 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.”

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