Posted on June 7, 2022
Edwards, whose online media platform helped launch the careers of Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Rita Ora and other stars, suffered from cardiac arrhythmia caused by recreational drugs, his mother Brenda Edwards said in a long statement shared on Twitter Tuesday.
“I wanted to reach out to everyone who loved, admired and respected my son,” he wrote. “Since I found out about the news, I have been in a state of shock and am still trying to process it, but it is so important to me that I face it as no mother or loved one would have to face what Jamal’s Sister Tanisha and I we have been through since he died ”.
Brenda, host of the daytime talk show in the UK Loose Women said her son’s death on February 20 is “proof that this can happen to anyone”, as recreational drugs are “extremely unpredictable.”
“We can only hope this encourages others to think wisely when faced with similar situations in the future,” he wrote. “His disappearance has shown that any wrong decision on any occasion can lead to devastating consequences … I would do anything to get my son back, but it’s not possible, so if I can help save a life, then we will have achieved something.”
The star added that her relationship with Edwards was “one of the strongest… imaginable” and recalled her life’s mission as one dedicated to helping others.
In line with that mission, Brenda also announced the launch of the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust, which she believes “will help the needy by placing special emphasis on the mental well-being of service users.”
He said trust will help provide a sense of community for young people and offer them a safe space to “develop their skills and explore who they are.”
“Through this we will continue to preserve Jamal’s incredible legacy by continuing the positive change he has had in the lives of so many,” he wrote. “In Jamal’s words, The goal is not to live forever; the goal is to create something that will. My beautiful son, you did it and then more “.
Brenda announced the death of her “beautiful” son in February, saying he had died at the time “after a sudden illness”.
“Me, his sister Tanisha and the rest of his family and friends are completely devastated. It was the center of our world, ”she wrote at the time. “As we come to terms with her disappearance, we ask for privacy to grieve this unimaginable loss.”
Edwards, who received a Member of the British Empire (MBE) award for his services to music and business in 2014, made a name for himself by launching the online media platform SmokeyBarz TV (SBTV) in 2006, which highlighted the growing musical talent.
Among those whose careers he helped launch was Sheeran, who shared an emotional tribute to Edwards after his death.
“Jamal is my brother. His light was shining so bright. He only used it to enlighten others and he never asked for anything in return. The light of a star shines for millions of years after they are gone, and his will will continue to illuminate every dark moment, we are all witnessing his power, ”Sheeran wrote on Instagram. “I wouldn’t be here without him, professionally and personally. There will never be anything like what it is, but I am so grateful I existed in his orbit. My brother, let’s go. “
Edwards was also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a youth charity run by Prince Charlies that helps young people start their own businesses.
In February, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, they paid tribute to Edwards on Twitter.
“Thinking of Jamal Edwards’ family today,” they wrote. “His work in music, but also as an ambassador for a new generation, including his work for The Prince’s Trust, has been a source of inspiration for many.”