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Jamal Edwards dies: SBTV founder and music entrepreneur dies aged 31

Jamal Edwards, the British businessman who founded the pioneering online music platform SBTV, has died at the age of 31.

Media mogul best known as the chief executive officer of SBTV, the company that helped launch the careers of chart-topping artists including Ed Sheeran, Stormzy and Jessie J.

When he was just 15 years old, Edwards launched his platform documenting his friends performing on the grounds where he lived in Acton, west London, before succeeding. He was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to music.

Mr Edwards’ manager confirmed that he had passed away on Sunday morning.

There has been plenty on social media paying tribute to the young digital giant with many expressing condolences to his mother, Loose Women contestant Brenda Edwards, who has passed away. fourth in the second series of the X Factor in 2005.

Che Wolton Grant, better known by his stage name AJ Tracey, paid his respects Sunday night.

Taking to Twitter, the rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer from Ladbroke Grove, west London, said: “RIP Jamal Edwards, the legendary state of West London.”

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales sat on a sofa with Jamal Edwards during a live session at the launch event Prince’s Trust Summer School at the Historic Princes’ Trusted Manufactory at Chatham Dockyard on July 29, 2013 in Chatham, UK.

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The Mobo Awards said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jamal Edwards. As the founder of @SBTVonline, his groundbreaking work and legacy in British music and culture will live on.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.”

Bafta Award-winning actor, director and producer Adam Deacon, known for starring in Kidulthood, said he was “deeply heartbroken” about Edwards’ death.

“I was on set today when I heard the tragic news that my good friend Jamal Edwards has passed away and I am truly heartbroken,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Jamal is one of the most beautiful, simple and humble men I have ever met in this industry. He always gives me time even when no one else wants to.

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“He is an inspiration and what he has achieved in life is truly remarkable. Thinking of his friends and family at this devastating time. RIP Jamal Edwards. ”

Zarah Sultana, Labour MP for Coventry, said: “SBTV’s influence on UK music and British culture is immeasurable. Rest in peace, Jamal Edwards. My thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved him.”

Mr Edwards’ channel, named after his rap music SmokeyBarz, draws on the music of artists including Stormzy, Krept & Konan and Rita Ora.

Talking to The Independent as part of our campaign to get people back to school in their state in 2013, Mr Edwards’ speak: “It is important to understand that providing service is what a good business does. Young entrepreneurs need to find a target market.

“I know my service is to deliver rap videos and dirty videos to my friends. Whatever one wants to do, the important thing is to do it”.

“The best thing about my job is that every morning I wake up and realize I am in charge of my destiny, which is a powerful feeling for a young man in the UK today,” he continued. customary.

“Sometimes it’s so overwhelming, I get nervous. I was actually asked to go to Yoga! It’s all about focus. “

Mr. Edwards was born in 1990 in Luton and raised in Acton, west London.

Attended Ealing University, he received a BTec diploma in motion picture media and worked at menswear retailer Topman while developing his music background.

After his meteoric rise to stardom, Mr. Edwards turned to a wide range of philanthropic and social causes, including raising awareness about mental health and sponsoring youth centres.

In 2021, he founded Jamal Edwards Delve – grassroots charity providing young people in London with employment, training and networking opportunities.

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