Music Entrepreneur and Youtube Star Jamal Edwards Dies at Age 31

Jamal Edwards, British music entrepreneur and Youtube star, died at the age of 31 on Feb. 20 morning.

No other details on Edwards’ death has been released.

“British music and entertainment has lost one of its brightest stars,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Twitter.

A pioneering in British rap and grime music, Edwards founded London-based online music platform SB.TV that helped launch the careers of articles including Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, and Skepta.

Edwards’ Youtube channel, named after his rap name SmokeyBarz, featured early music from Stormzy, Rita Ora, and Krept & Konan.

The channel currently has 1.2 million subscribers and nearly one billion views.

Edwards received the Member of the Order of the British Empire or MBE in 2014 when he was 24 for his work in music.

Edwards also founded JE Delve, a grassroots youth charity that provides young people with opportunities to learn and work in west London, where he grew up.

Edwards also became the ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, the charity run by the Prince of Wales.


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