Brenda Edwards has shared a touching tribute to her late son Jamal as she marked her first Mother’s Day without him.
The Loose Women panellist, 53, took to Instagram on Sunday with a heartfelt collage, which captured happy memories throughout her late son’s life.
Music mogul Jamal died last month aged 31 following a ‘sudden heart attack’ at the home he shared with mum Brenda, after DJing the night before.
‘Always and Forever’: Brenda Edwards shared a touching tribute to late son Jamal on Sunday as she marked the first Mother’s Day without him
The collection of photographs heavily featured Jamal with his sister Tanisha during their childhood, whilst proud mum Brenda also shared photos of them altogether.
The poignant post, captioned, ‘Always and Forever. [sic]’, was immediately met with kind condolences from her followers.
‘You are the mother of a legend Miss Brenda,’ one comment read.
Another left their wishes by writing: ‘Special Mother’s Day Blessings Brenda … Love you all forever and always [prayer and heart emojis]’.
Mother-and-son: Music mogul Jamal died last month aged 31 following a ‘sudden heart attack’ at the home he shared with mum Brenda, 53, after DJing the night before (Jamal and Brenda pictured November 2021)
Support: The poignant post, captioned, ‘Always and Forever. [sic]’, was immediately met with kind condolences from her followers
Fame: Jamal is famous for setting up the online media platform SBTV, which showcased emerging artists. He was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace in 2015
Jamal – who was credited with launching the careers of numerous pop stars including Ed Sheeran and Jessie J – is famous for setting up the online media platform SBTV, which showcased emerging artists, and currently has 1.23 million subscribers to its YouTube channel.
Jamal’s sudden death was announced online on February 20 and later confirmed by his management.
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
Little Mix on SBTV in 2012
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.
But when the footage got 1,000 views, he realized 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 di lui and SBTV was born.
Jamal was not an overnight success, and Brenda had no idea that her son would be hailed as a 21st-century pioneer.
From her vantage point, she had a boy who had struggled at school, was being threatened with expulsion from his college and needed a reality check about the world of work.
When he was 17, Brenda marched him into a branch of Topman and demanded that they give him a job.
‘It was so embarrassing. They were saying, ‘We don’t have any jobs going,’ but she wouldn’t take no for an answer, ‘he says. ‘She said,’ I don’t care, he’ll work for free, you have to take him on. ‘ And they agreed, probably because they wanted to get rid of her. ‘
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 di lui 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.
A statement by his mother Brenda was read out on Loose Women, where she is a presenter, the following day stating that he had died on Sunday morning following a ‘sudden illness’ and that his family and friends are ‘completely devastated’.
She added: ‘Jamal was an inspiration to myself and so many. Our love for him lives on, his legacy of him lives on. ‘
At a vigil the next day, Brenda sang the Whitney Houston hit Greatest Love of All to hushed crowds who gathered to remember the music impresario’s life.
Singing through a megaphone, she sang the words’ I believe the children are the future. Learning to love yourself – it is the greatest love of all ‘, reducing the crowd to tears.
In another poignant moment, after finishing her song, Brenda addressed the mourners and said she hoped that her son’s death would help unite their community.
She said: ‘If we can do anything in 2022, can we please bring the community together. Stop the fighting. Stop the killing. And build up our community. ‘
‘We are not supposed to be losing our young people. If you see something happening.
‘Try to stop it please’. Police have confirmed there is no suggestion that violence played a part in Jamal’s death, describing it as a non-suspicious ‘medical emergency’.
Brenda, a Loose Women panellist who finished fourth in the second series of The X Factor, is mourning her son’s death with his sister Tanisha.
Friends told MailOnline they believe he had suffered a ‘sudden’ cardiac arrest after a night DJing in the West End.
Dwayne, who attended Acton High School with him told MailOnline: ‘The details are still a still not clear but we’ve been told that it was a heart attack.
‘He was out DJing on Saturday night and eventually got home in the early hours of Sunday morning. The family are still trying to come to terms with it all, but we’ve heard that his mum found him in his bedroom di lui and called an ambulance. ‘
Another friend added: ‘Jamal lives with his mum and came home late after DJing on Saturday night.
‘We’ve heard from relatives that he had a sudden heart attack but what caused it, I just don’t know. I saw him a couple of days ago and he was absolutely fine, laughing and joking. ‘
Jerry, another friend said: ‘Jamal is a legend in this part of West London, and this has hit us all really hard. For him to go so suddenly in the prime of his life di lui, when he was doing so much is truly shocking. ‘
London Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to a house at 9.34am on Sunday and two paramedics in fast response cars and an advanced paramedic in critical care.
The Metropolitan Police have said they were called to the family home at just before 10.30am on Sunday.
His sudden death is being treated as non-suspicious but unexplained, meaning it will likely be referred to the coroner for an inquest into the cause of his death.
‘Police were called by the London Ambulance Service’, a Scotland Yard spokesman said, adding: ‘A 31-year-old man had suffered a medical emergency and had been pronounced dead at the scene.
‘Officers attended and determined that the circumstances were not suspicious. The man’s death is being treated as unexplained. ‘
Superstar: Jamal was credited with helping to launch a string of UK music acts to stardom, including Ed Sheeran (both pictured), Dave and Jessie J