Music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards died of a heart attack after a late-night cocaine and drinking session where he became paranoid and threw objects around the room before passing out, an inquest heard today.
Three small snap bags containing white powder residue were found on the 31-year-old son of Loose Women panellist Brenda Edwards after he collapsed at their west London home in February this year, the hearing was told.
Assistant West London Coroner Ivor Collett ruled today that Mr Edwards died of a heart attack caused by cocaine and alcohol consumption.
His heartbroken mother, Brenda, described him as ‘a beautiful and selfless person’ in a statement read to the inquest. Earlier this year she said she wanted his death to ‘help spark more conversations about the unpredictability of recreational drugs’.
The DJ and founder of online R&B/hip-hop platform SB.TV returned to his home in Acton at 4am after playing a set in north London, where he sat down for a drink with a friend, Nick Hopper. the house
Mr Hopper said ‘she looked like her usual self’ and they ‘started chatting, smoking some weed and drinking’ – but her famous friend then spoke of the pressure she felt.
After a while Mr Edwards became erratic and paranoid and started throwing objects around the room before collapsing, the inquest was told. Despite the best efforts of Mr Hopper and later his uncle, Rodney Artman, and paramedics, Mr Edwards did not wake up and was pronounced dead at 10.36am on Sunday February 20.
The last photo of Jamal, a DJ at his home a few days before he died. During questioning he heard that he had been drinking and had taken cocaine
Brenda Edwards, Loose Women star Brenda Edwards (pictured together on the show in November 2021), she and her family and friends are all devastated.
Jamal with close friend Ed Sheeran, who has been neglected since the music mogul’s death
Brenda Edwards revealed her son’s death was drug-related earlier this year
How Jamal Edwards launched the careers of some of Britain’s biggest stars with a YouTube channel he set up in his bedroom when he was 15 and working at Topman
Jamal was 15 when his mother Brenda bought him an extra special Christmas present – 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 foxes in his back garden. ‘I thought I was Steve Irwin,’ he said in an interview with MailOnline.
A young Ed Sheeran appeared on SBTV in 2010 in a clip that now has 11m views on YouTube alone
But when the footage got 1,000 views, he realized he was on to something.
He moved to the estate and made some clips of his friends, most of whom were grime – the musical style now defined by stars such as Dizzy Rascal and Skepta.
‘At the time, there was no place for us to do our spitting and rapping, so I thought, OK, I want to build that platform,’ he said. He took his own rap moniker ‘Smoky Barge’ to coin his brand name and SBTV was born.
Jamal started his Topman career as a shop assistant but at the same time started hanging out at the BBC, sneaking into raves and messaging record labels to beg for interview time with their artists. His big break came three years later when he secured his first non-grime interview with Kelly Rowland.
From there, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz and countless other A-listers followed. In 2011, she was invited to 10 Downing Street to interview the Prime Minister after being named an ambassador for the Spirit of London Awards.
Jamal was still with SBTV, both filming and editing, and had big plans to expand the brand into sports, comedy and fashion.
His great passion away from work was Chelsea FC.
In a statement read to the inquest by the coroner, Mr Hopper said: ‘When he came in he looked like his normal self and it looked like he had just come out.
‘We started chatting, smoking and drinking. He told me that he was under a lot of pressure. Silence was followed by periods of speaking.
As time went on Jamal became quite paranoid and had things in my hands when I wasn’t. Every time I move he starts to get scared. I told him to calm down but he got even more angry.
‘He was grabbing things, throwing them around the room. He was scared and sweating, I spent ages trying to get him to open the door.’
Mr Hopper said he kept trying to open the window, but Mr Edwards wouldn’t let him and he eventually passed out through the bathroom door.
Just after 9.30am Mr Edwards’ uncle arrived and said he performed CPR for around 10 minutes until paramedics arrived, but they were unable to revive him.
The inquest heard that police treated the death as suspicious, but found three small snap bags with white powder residue in Mr Edwards’ pocket.
Toxicology tests found cocaine and alcohol in his system, but no cannabis.
Mr Edwards also had MDMA in his urine but no blood, indicating he had taken the drug recently – but not on the night of his death.
In a statement, Met Police Detective Sergeant Luke Taylor said: ‘There were no signs of trauma to either party.
‘Three small snap bags containing a white powder and blood tissue residue were found in his pocket, which were associated with the consumption of class A drugs.
‘He suffered a heart attack while taking recreational drugs and alcohol.’
Mr Edwards’ GP confirmed he had symptoms of sickle cell disease, but he was not on any regular medication.
Summing up at West London Coroner’s Court, Mr Collett said: ‘He worked as a DJ at a venue in Islington.
‘He reached home at 4.30am and joined his close friend.
‘They had some drinks and arranged to smoke cannabis. Although he seemed normal at first his behavior changed and he exhibited symptoms of anxiety, paranoia and irritability.
‘He started throwing things around the room before collapsing on the floor despite his friend’s attempts to calm him down.
‘Police found drug paraphernalia, toxicology tests found recent evidence of drug use.
It is claimed that Jamal consumed enough cocaine to cause the adverse reactions brought on by cocaine poisoning. This caused a heart attack which led to his death.’
Brenda Acton, the heartbroken mother of Jamal Edwards, sings to the crowd at a vigil in his memory in West London.
Jamal’s family (pictured as Baal) is devastated by his death, as are his friends and fans.
Prince William and Prince Harry and Jamal Edwards pose for a Twitter photo at the launch of the Queen’s Young Leaders Program at Buckingham Palace in 2014.
Jamal Edwards with his Member of the British Empire (MBE) after being honored by the Prince of Wales at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London in March 2015
Jamal’s music and philanthropic work have made many famous names, including Bill Clinton and Cara Delevingne.
The Prince of Wales sits on a sofa with Jamal Edwards during a live session at the launch of the Prince’s Trust Summer Session at the Prince’s Trust at historic Chatham Dockyard on July 29, 2013.
Mr Edwards was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to music and was an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.
In a statement read out at the hearing, Brenda Edwards said: ‘Jamal was a beautiful and selfless man.
‘Since growing up with his family in Acton he has made it his personal goal to open doors for others to walk through.
‘To help, love and laugh at people in life. And most importantly, to make people happy.’
He added: ‘Jamal helped so many, worked tirelessly to give people a platform.
‘His charity work spanned near and far, from working in homeless shelters to giving back to his roots in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
‘We are proud of all that Jamal has achieved in his 31 years and how he has impacted the lives of others. We miss him so much.’
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