The music entrepreneur, Jamal Edwards died in February this year at the age of 31. His Mother has said that he died from cardiac arrhythmia as a result of taking recreational drugs.
Jamal, who helped launch the careers of stars like Ed Sheeran and Dave, kicked the bucket in February after suffering arrhythmia.
Brenda Edwards, Jamal’s mother, a singer and Loose Women panelist, said in a statement on Tuesday she was in a “state of shock” after finding out how he died.
“I have sadly learned that the cause of Jamal’s devastating passing was due to cardiac arrhythmia,” she said. “[This was] caused by having taken recreational drugs and I wanted to address this myself to everyone who loved, admired and respected my son.
Rest In Peace my beautiful baby 💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/SVxd6hJ5iN
— Brenda Edwards (@brenda_edwards) June 7, 2022
Jamal found fame after he started the music platform SBTV in 2006. He was also an ambassador for a charity led by the Prince of Wales called the Prince’s Trust, and in 2014 he was made an MBE for his services to music.
On recreational drugs and its effects on users is unpredictable.
Brenda said “these types of substances are extremely unpredictable, and we can only hope that this will encourage others to think wisely when faced with similar situations in the future. His passing has shown that any one bad decision on any one occasion can lead to devastating consequences.’
“It’s so important that we help drive more conversation about the unpredictability of recreational drugs and the impact that they can have”, she added.
“How it takes just one bad reaction to destroy lives. I would do anything to have my son back but that is just not possible so if I can help save one life, then we will have achieved something.”
Brenda in concluding her post by sharing that she had recently launched the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Trust.
“The Trust is in place to help provide a sense of community for young people, offering a safe space of their own to help develop their skills and explore who they are,” she said.
“Through that we will continue to preserve Jamal’s incredible legacy by continuing the positive change he had on the lives of so many.”
As a mother she expressed how Jamal made her proud, she said: “I’m so incredibly proud of everything he achieved over the course of his 31 years; I’m so proud to call him my son.”