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Music pioneer Jamal Edwards dies aged 31

Entrepreneur and music pioneer Jamal Edwards MBE, founder of youth broadcasting and film production company SB.TV, has died aged 31.

According to reports online, he has died unexpectedly with circumstances surrounding his death not known at this time.

Jamal was awarded an MBE for his contributions in the music industry back in 2014.

The music world has been paying tribute to Jamal this evening (20 Feb).

MOBO Awards tweeted: “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.

“Our hearts and thoughts are with his friends and family.”

JayKaye tweeted: “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’t believe I’m tweeting this. Legend. I love ya.”

Comedian Kae Kurd tweeted: “cannot believe I’m typing this, this has floored me. RIP Jamal Edwards.

“Forged his own path. A trailblazer, always had a smile on his face and was nice to everyone. Rest in Peace bro.”

Jamal Williams-Thomas tweeted: “This man did so much for grime and UK music. I grew up watching SBTV to see all the underrepresented artists of the scene. His grind is unmatched. A real inspiration and a huge, huge loss to the industry. Honoured to share first names with you. RIP Jamal Edwards.

AJ Tracey tweeted: “RIP Jamal Edwards, west london legend status”

We would like to send our condolences to the friends, family and fans of Jamal.