Ruth Langsford’s Brenda Edwards statement on Tuesday revealed that her son Jamal had died of a sudden heart attack after taking drugs.
Brenda Edwards said she was shocked to learn of the cause of her only son’s death four months ago – but her death was intended to “help talk more about the unpredictability of drugs in entertainment.”
The music mogul died in February at the age of 31 after a ‘sudden heart attack’ at Acton’s home he shared with his mother after a night of DJing.
Tragedy: The Loose Women panel was suffocated on Tuesday when Ruth Langsford read Brenda Edwards’ statement that her son Jamal had died of a sudden heart attack after taking drugs.
Brenda, the fourth-ranked loose woman panelist in The X-Factor’s second series, mourns Jamal’s death with her sister Tanisha. The YouTube star, 31, was a close friend of Ed Sheeran and Stormzy.
She said in a statement: “We are touched by the flow of love and support, and you are all helping us to try and overcome the unimaginable.”
“I am saddened to learn that Jamal’s tragic death was caused by a heart attack while taking recreational drugs and I would like to address this to all who love, admire and respect my son.”
After Ruth read the statement at the beginning of Tuesday’s program, Janet Street-Porter was clearly emotional.
Shocked: Brenda Edwards said she was shocked to learn of the cause of her only son’s death four months ago – but wanted her death to “help her talk more about the unpredictability of recreational drugs.”
“One thing I don’t want Brenda to do, I don’t want Brenda to beat herself up,” she said.
‘I want her to understand that she was, perhaps, the best mother she could be.
He added: ‘And we’re all here for you, Brenda, and I’m glad you came into my life.’
Colin Nolan said: ‘Until his death, I didn’t understand how incredible his work was.
‘I think for Brenda, what’s hard about it, is that people don’t get the incredible work she’s done and she’s continuing.
Destruction: Brenda Edwards, Loose Woman star Brenda Edwards (pictured together on the show in November 2021), said she and her family and friends were all devastated.
When Jamal passed, I had one thing on my mind that he put on Instagram: “The goal is not to live forever but to create something.”
Brenda first described her son’s untimely death as ‘sudden and unexpected’, describing her as having a ‘heart attack and then holding his hand and walking with me’.
She spoke after inquiries into her death began in West London, which was reported to have taken place late one evening, after which she became increasingly angry and suffered a heart attack. He died on February 20.
The case has been adjourned for eight weeks. Today’s hearing did not say what medication Jamal took – although NHS guidelines say cocaine, amphetamines such as speed, and ecstasy can all have adverse effects on the heart.
Last photo: Jamal’s last photo, DJ at his house a few days before he died
Statement: Brenda Edwards revealed the cause of her son’s death today, as an investigation was opened
How Jamal Edwards started the careers of some of the biggest stars in the UK from the YouTube channel he set up in his bedroom when he was 15 and working on Topman
Jamal was 15 when his mother, Brenda, bought him an extra special Christmas gift – a £ 200 video camera.
YouTube had just started and Jamal, who like many teenagers spent hours online in his bedroom, decided to upload some footage of faxes in his back garden. “I think I’m Steve Irwin,” he said in an interview with MailOnline.
But when the footage got 1,000 views, he realized he was doing something.
He went to the estate and made some clips of his friends, most of whom were Grimm – music genre now defined by stars such as Dizzy Rascal and Skepta.
“At that time, we didn’t have a place to perform spitting and rapping, so I thought, well, I want to build that platform,” he said. He took his own rap moniker ‘Smoky Barge’ to make his own brand name coin and SBTV was born.
Jamal began his Topman career as a shop assistant but at the same time began hanging out on the BBC, hiding in raves and message record labels to beg for interview time with their artists. Her big break came three years later when she secured her first non-grim interview with Kelly Rowland.
From there, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Trey Sangeet and countless other A-listers followed. In 2011, after being appointed ambassador of the Spirit of London Awards, he was invited to 10 Downing Street for an interview with the Prime Minister.
Jamal was still involved in both filming and editing at SBTV, and had big plans to expand the brand into sports, comedy and fashion.
Away from work, his biggest passion was Chelsea FC.
“I’ve been in a state of shock ever since I found out and I’m still trying to process it, but it’s so important that I can address it because no mother or any loved one has to deal with Jamal’s sister Tanisha. I have been going through this since he passed.
“Drugs are ‘unexpected’ and ‘Jamal’ is proof that it can happen to anyone,” she said.
“I do everything I can to get my son back, but it’s not possible, so if we can help save someone’s life, we can achieve something.” His demise has shown that any bad decision on any occasion can lead to catastrophic consequences.
He described his son as having “the world at his fingertips – the excitement of life and the sudden disappearance of him.”
“However, we need to understand what has happened, and the evidence is that it can happen to anyone.”
He wrote: ‘These kinds of substances are extremely unpredictable, and we can only hope that they will encourage others to think wisely when faced with similar situations in the future. His demise has shown that any bad decision on any given occasion can have disastrous consequences.
“It’s very important that we help us talk more about the unpredictability of recreational drugs and the effects they can have – how it takes a bad reaction to ruin a life.”
“I do everything I can to get my son back, but it’s not possible, so we can achieve something if we help save someone’s life.”
According to the investigation, Jamal’s mother died of a heart attack in Acton on February 20.
Assistant Coroner Catherine Wood said: ‘He came home one evening, then he became very angry and had a heart attack.
“Despite treatment, his condition was deteriorating and he died on March 6.
“The postmortem has been done and I have reason to suspect that the death was unnatural.”
A retrial has been postponed for eight weeks.
Jamal’s death brought a wave of grief from friends, fans and those who inspired him.
He used his salary to buy a am 200 camcorder from Topman. He used it to launch a YouTube channel that started the successful careers of many stars, including Dizzee Rascal and Skepta.
Crowds of fans and loved ones gathered at candlelight vigils in west London to pay tribute to music mogul Jamal, who died in February.
The SBTV founder gained fame after founding a new music platform in 2006, and is credited with helping to launch a string of UK musical works for stardom, including Ed Sheeran, Dave and Jesse J. Marners. A mural of Mr. Edwards on Acton High Street.
Pals: Jamal with close friend Ed Sheeran, who was useless after the death of the music mogul
Her friends said she was found by relatives who called her to the London Ambulance Service, which sent two paramedics but could not save her.
The hosts of Loose Woman broke into the live broadcast as they described their grief over the death of the DJ – who was the son of their co-star Brenda Edwards.
Charlene White’s voice cracked and Judy Love wiped away tears as she described the meeting at her home yesterday, hours after her death was announced.
And in tribute to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Clarence House tweeted: ‘Thinking of Jamal Edwards’ family.
“Her work in music but also as an ambassador for the new generation, her work for The Prince Trust was an inspiration to many.”
Dozens of friends who grew up with Edwards placed flowers under the wall in honor of his contribution to the local community.
He claimed he had a sudden heart attack, in a house shared with his mother in Acton.
In memory: Brenda Acton, the heartbreaking mother of Jamal Edwards, sings to the crowd at Vigil in her memory in West London.
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