Tributes have poured in following the news of the death of music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards at 31.
Edwards, who was born in Luton and grew up in West London, founded music platform SBTV which platformed new grime artists and helped launch the careers of artists including Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Rita Ora, Krept & Konan, Bugzy Malone and more.
He was also an author, DJ, entrepreneur and designer, and was awarded an MBE in 2014 when he was 24 for his work in music. He was also an ambassador for the Prince of Wales’s charity, the Prince’s Trust and known for philanthropy work.
“I always looked on grime like the punk movement, in terms of lyrics and rebellious attitude,” Edwards told the Guardian in a 2017 interview.
Following his death yesterday (Sunday), musicians, politicians and brands all expressed their sadness at his passing and celebrated his life and achievements.
Here's how people reacted to the news:
RIP Jamal Edwards \n\nThe real measure of a man is not what he has, but how he treats others.\n\nHe gave so much to so many. There are hundreds & hundreds of people out there whose life he has touched in ways big & small.\n\nI hope his legacy echoes on.
We are deeply saddened to learn of Jamal Edwards passing. As the founder of @SBTVonline, his groundbreaking work & legacy in British music and culture will live on \n\nOur hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.pic.twitter.com/IQPcpkBG8w
RIP Jamal Edwards. Giving God thanks that you did what he sent you to do So many of us owe our careers to you bro. Thank you for everythingpic.twitter.com/ZXkz1dqJvB
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He filmed my first ever comedy skit, he gave my comedy a platform on his channel SBTV, he got me into my first ever MOBO Afterparty, I got him drunk on way too many occasions, he laughed the hardest at my jokes, he believed in me, I believed in him. RIP jamal Edwardspic.twitter.com/vy5JQ3ZXB3
I remember tuning into SBTV 10 years ago and discovering artists like Chip, Kano, Giggs, P Money, Akala (too many to name)...\n\nJamal Edwards created something so unique and special \u2013 no doubt single-handedly shaping UK's music scene for what it is today. RIP to a legend.pic.twitter.com/S2aPObDt0I
I think I can speak for us all as artists and as supporters of uk grime/rap scene when I say I owe this man so much! Helped me sometimes without even speaking of it. RIP Jamal Edwards my guy man!!! Can\u2019t believe I\u2019m tweeting this. Legend. I love ya.
Today, the world lost a pioneer of the UK music scene in Jamal Edwards. \n\nHis life was cut tragically short, but his legacy as the founder of @SBTVonline will live on.\n\nMy love and thoughts are with all those who loved him. Rest in peace and in power, Jamal pic.twitter.com/MW96r1M6ua
Jamal Edwards, one of the most generous people I have ever met. Someone who loved music and truly believed in all the joy it brings. Going above and beyond to connect people and bring ideas to life. You have shaped culture and changed the lives of others - never to be forgotten.