SBTV founder Jamal Edwards has died, aged 31

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RIP to the pivotal force in UK music.

Entrepreneur, director, author, and founder of SBTV, Jamal Edwards has died following a sudden illness, at aged 31.

A pioneering force in UK music for the past decade, Edwards is best known for founding SBTV. An online video platform, SBTV’s ethos – “connecting worlds” – reflected the way Edwards linked sounds and scenes. From grime and rap to pop, his impact stretched across the country.

Edwards also lead various youth outreach and mental health programmes, to support future generations in the arts, as well as teens with cancer.

Confirming the news via a statement online, his mother Brenda shared:

“It is with the deepest heartache that I confirm that my beautiful son Jamal Edwards passed away yesterday morning after a sudden illness. Myself, his sister Tanisha and the rest of his family and friends are completely devastated.

He was the centre of our world.

As we come to terms with his passing we ask for privacy to grieve this unimaginable loss. I would like to thank everyone for their messages of love and support.

Jamal was an inspiration to myself and so many. Our love for him lives on, his legacy lives on. Long live Jamal Edwards MBE, MBA, PHD.”