Brenda Edwards has revealed Ed Sheeran, who was close friends with her late son Jamal, has helped her cope with his recent death.
Music mogul Jamal died in February, aged just 31, from cardiac arrhythmia after taking ‘recreational drugs,’ with Brenda sharing his cause of death in a statement after an inquest was opened.
Grateful: Brenda Edwards has revealed Ed Sheeran, who was close friends with her late son Jamal, has helped her cope with his recent death
‘We are close, the families are close, and he has been there and offered me support. He is there playing to millions on tour but he is still concerned and worried about me.
‘It warms my heart and touches my heart how so many people have come together to support us through something that is very upsetting and is still very raw.’
Brenda, her daughter Tanisha, 22, and staff at SBTV – a music media company founded by Jamal – will mark his birthday with an tribute event in London on Wednesday.
Set to be held in Greenwich, South East London, Big Narstie and Fleur East will perform for attendees – with all ticket sale proceeds going to the Jamal Edwards Self Belief Foundation.
Tragic: Music mogul Jamal (right) died in February, aged just 31, from cardiac arrhythmia after taking ‘recreational drugs,’ with Brenda sharing his cause of death in a statement after an inquest was opened (pictured with Ed, left)
Ed recently shared a throwback snap alongside his late friend Jamal.
The singer, 31, took to Instagram on Wednesday and posted a photo of the pair where they appeared to be at a bar enjoying a drink.
Ed appeared in good spirits in the photo as he was seen grinning at his phone while wearing a tie-dye jumper.
Memories: Ed recently shared a throwback snap alongside his late friend Jamal
He was sat alongside music entrepreneur Jamal who was dressed in a grey plaid jumper and a black T-shirt.
Ed and Jamal were friends for years and the hitmaker worked on a remix of the song Peru by Fireboy through Jamal.
The singer previously told how Fireboy asked Ed to be involved in the remix through Jamal.
He said: ‘So I got sent this a week ago. A friend of mine, Jamal who runs SBTV sent it to me. He said,’Fireboy DML would love you on the remix of this song.’
Pals: Ed and Jamal were friends for years and the hitmaker worked on a remix of the song Peru by Fireboy through Jamal (pictured with Jessie J)
‘It’s a song that’s blowing up in Nigeria and Ghana at the moment and their club scene runs over Christmas.’
‘So you basically put a song to the club in the middle of December, which would seem a weird thing to do in England. But yeah, I’ve done the remix for this song, but this is the original and it’s an earworm.’
Jamal died from a cardiac arrest after a late night cocaine and drinking session, an inquest heard earlier this month.
Three small snap bags containing the remnants of white powder were found on the son of Loose Women panellist Brenda Edwards after he collapsed at his west London home in February this year, the hearing was told.
Family: In a statement, Jamal’s mother Brenda said: ‘Jamal was a beautiful and selfless person’ (Pictured in November 2021)
Assistant West London Coroner Ivor Collett today ruled that Jamal died after a cardiac arrest brought on by taking cocaine and drinking alcohol.
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 drive more conversation about the unpredictability of recreational drugs’.
The DJ and founder of online R&B/Hip-Hop platform SB.TV had returned to his home in Acton after 4am after playing a set in north London before he sat up drinking with a friend, Nick Hopper, who was living in an annex of the house.
Mr Hopper said that ‘he appeared to be his normal self’ and they ‘began to chat, smoke some weed and drink’ – but his famous friend then spoke about the pressure he was under.
Statement: Brenda revealed the cause of her son’s death was related to drugs earlier this year
After a while Jamal became erratic and paranoid and began throwing objects around the room before collapsing, the inquest was told.
Despite the best efforts of Mr Hopper and later his uncle, Rodney Artman, as well as paramedics, Jamal did not wake up and was declared dead at 10.36am on Sunday February 20.
Mr Hopper said in a statement read to the inquest by the coroner: ‘When he came in he appeared to be his normal self and it appeared that he had just been out.
How Jamal Edwards launched the careers of some of Britain’s biggest stars from a YouTube channel set up in his bedroom when he was 15 and working in Topman
Jamal was 15 when his mother Brenda bought him extra special Christmas present – a £200 video camera.
YouTube had just been launched and Jamal, who like most teenagers spent hours in his bedroom online, 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 appears on SBTV in 2010 in a clip that now has 11m views on YouTube alone
But when the footage got 1,000 views, he realised he was on to something.
He went out on to the estate and made some clips of his friends, most of whom were into grime – the music style now defined by stars such as Dizzee Rascal and Skepta.
‘Back then, there was no place to showcase our sort of spitting and rapping, so I thought, OK, I want to create that platform,’ he said. He took his own rap moniker ‘Smokey Barz’ to coin his brand name and SBTV was born.
Jamal began 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 that, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz and countless other A-listers followed. In 2011, he was invited to 10 Downing Street to interview the prime minister after being appointed a Spirit of London Awards ambassador.
Jamal was still hands-on with both filming and editing at SBTV, and had big plans to expand the brand into sport, comedy and fashion.
Away from work his great passion was Chelsea FC.
‘We began to chat, smoke some weed and drink. He told me he was under a lot of pressure. There were periods of talking followed by silences.
‘Over time Jamal became quite paranoid and was saying I had things in my hands when I didn’t. Anytime I moved he began panicking. I told him to calm down, but he became increasingly irate.
‘He was grabbing things, throwing them around the room. He was panicking and sweating, I spent ages trying to get him to open the door.’
Mr Hopper said that he kept trying to open a window, but Mr Edwards wouldn’t let him and he eventually collapsed unconscious by the bathroom door.
After 9.30am Jamal’s uncle arrived and he said he performed CPR for about 10 minutes until paramedics arrived and took over, but they were unable to resuscitate them.
The inquest heard that police treated the death as non-suspicious, but found three small snap bags with the remnants of white powder in Mr Edwards’s pocket.
Toxicology tests found cocaine and alcohol in his system, but no cannabis.
There was also MDMA in Mr Edwards’ urine but not blood, indicating that 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 were found in his pocket with remnants of a white powder and bloody tissues, associated with the taking of Class A drugs.
‘He suffered a cardiac episode from taking recreational drugs and alcohol.’
Mr Edwards’s GP confirmed that while he had traits of sickle cell disease, he was not on any regular medication.
Summing up at West London Coroner’s Court, Mr Collett said: ‘He had worked as a DJ at a venue in Islington.
‘At around 4.30am he arrived at home and joined his close friend.
‘They had some drinks and had arranged to smoke cannabis. Although he appeared normal at first his behaviour changed and he exhibited signs of anxiety, paranoia and irritation.
‘Despite his friend’s efforts to calm him down he began throwing things around the room before collapsing on the floor.
‘The police found drug paraphernalia, the toxicology tests found recent evidence of drug use.
‘The insinuation is that Jamal had taken cocaine in sufficient quantity to cause an adverse reaction brought about by cocaine toxicity. This then caused cardiac arrhythmia which resulted in his death.’
Jamal was awarded an MBE in 2014 for his services to music and he was an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.
In a statement read to the hearing, Brenda said: ‘Jamal was a beautiful and selfless person.
‘Since growing up with his family in Acton he made it his personal mission to open doors for others to walk through.
‘To help people through life, to love and to laugh. And most importantly, to just make people happy.’
She added: ‘Jamal helped so many, working tirelessly to give a platform to people.
‘His charitable work stretched near and far, from working at homeless shelters to giving back to his roots in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
‘We are so proud of everything Jamal achieved over the course of his 31 years and how he impacted others’ lives. We miss him so much.’
Honour: Jamal with his Member of the British Empire (MBE), after it was awarded to him by the Prince of Wales at an Investiture Ceremony, at Buckingham Palace in central London in March 2015