Ed Sheeran was one of several names the late music pioneer Jamal Edwards helped rise to stardom, and the “Shape of You” singer clearly never lost his gratitude.
On Thursday, Edwards’ mother, Brenda, a British television presenter loose women – saying good morning great britain that Sheeran had stayed at his home for a “whole week” after his son’s death.
“There was nothing he wasn’t figuring out and doing,” she explained, adding that she and her daughter Tanisha were more than grateful for Sheeran’s help.
“Everyone has been so wonderful and so supportive. I just can’t put into words the gratitude that Tanisha and I feel.”
Edwards also noted that she was moved by a freestyle rap Sheeran recently released on social media to pay tribute to Jamal, who died in February 2022 at age 31 of cardiac arrest following recreational drug use.
The clip, which Edwards also shared on his Twitter account, he includes such moving lyrics as “These tears won’t let me talk about you / We should have known we’d be lost without you.”
“Ed sent me the final edit two days ago,” Edwards said. “Since then I’ve been in and out of tears. I say happy tears, they’re positive tears. It just means a lot.”
Jamal first broke into the entertainment industry in 2006, when he founded the online media platform SmokeyBarz TV (SBTV). There, he highlighted emerging talent in the world of music and helped launch the careers of stars like Sheeran, Jessie J and Rita Ora, according to the BBC.
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In addition to his music career, Jamal was also an ambassador for a youth charity run by Prince Charles, known as the Prince’s Trust, which helps young people start their own businesses, according to CNN.
In 2014, when he was 24 years old, Jamal received an MBE (Member of the British Empire) award for services to music.