Jamal Edwards dies aged 31

Light a candle to pray for late Jamal Edwards will be held in Acton, west London this evening (February 21).

The influential businessman, DJ, broadcaster and founder of SBTV passed away yesterday (February 20) at the age of 31.

A representative for Edwards’ media company confirmed his death to BBC. His mother, Brenda Edwards, further confirmed that Jamal had died of a “sudden illness”.

The vigil will take place next to the Edwards mural on Acton High Street from 7:30pm (GMT) tonight.

“We hope that the vigil will help those who already know him (or him), work through their grief together, and pay their respects and admiration to a young man who has achieved so much. accomplished in a short life and accomplished so much. for his community,” said Kal Di Paola of the grassroots public art project Acton Unframed. The Independent. Edwards was born in Luton but raised in Acton.

The mural was created last year by artist Matt Small as a way to “celebrate all that Jamal has done for his community,” Di Paola added.

This morning (February 21) on Good morning England, Brenda Edwards has said she is “totally devastated” by her son’s death.

Brenda shared the following on the show’s social media accounts: “Myself, his sister Tanisha and the rest of his family and friends are absolutely devastated. He is the center of our world. “

She continued: “Jamal is an inspiration to myself and so many people. Our love for him continues, his legacy continues. Long live Jamal Edwards MBE, MBA, PHD. ”

Edwards started SBTV in 2006 as a teenager. His channel has provided a starter platform for UK rappers and features exclusive performances from Clean Bandit, Jake Bugg and Banks. It also helped launch the careers of artists like Jessie J, Ed Sheeran and Dave.

Additional details regarding vigilance can be found on Acton Unframed’s Instagram.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/vigil-jamal-edwards-death-b2019779.html Jamal Edwards dies aged 31

Tom Vazquez

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