Jamal Edwards' mum revealed he died from 'sudden cardiac arrest' while she 'held his hand'

Brenda Edwards, Jamal's mum, gave her first interview since his death

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Singer and TV presenter Brenda Edwards has said her son Jamal “passed with me holding his hand”, as she spoke in her first interview since his death.

SBTV founder Jamal Edwards died on February 20 at the age of 31.

Ahead of her return to ITV’s Loose Women on April 26, Edwards, 52, spoke to fellow panellist Coleen Nolan about Jamal’s death, saying: “It was sudden and it was unexpected, and he went into a cardiac arrest and then he passed with me holding his hand.

“So I get a little bit of comfort from knowing I was with him.”

Edwards has been a regular panellist on Loose Women since 2019.

Jamal Edwards
Jamal Edwards

In a previous statement, which was read out on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Monday and shared on Loose Women’s Twitter account, Edwards said: “It is with the deepest heartache that I confirm that my beautiful son Jamal Edwards passed away yesterday morning after a sudden illness.

“Myself, his sister Tanisha, and the rest of his family and friends are completely devastated. He was the centre of our world.

“As we come to terms with his passing, we ask for privacy to grieve this unimaginable loss. I would like to thank everyone for their messages of love and support.

“Jamal was an inspiration to myself and so many. Our love for him lives on, his legacy lives on. Long live Jamal Edwards MBE, MBA, PhD.”

Edwards was also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a charity headed up by the Prince of Wales, and in 2014 was awarded an MBE for his services to music.

Jamal Edwards attending the world premiere of Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
Jamal Edwards attending the world premiere of Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

A host of figures from the British music industry and beyond have shared tributes to Edwards, including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Richard Branson and former prime minister David Cameron.

Rapper Dave and Jessie J also paid their tributes.

Music mogul Simon Cowell described Edwards as an “extraordinarily talented young man”.

He wrote in a tribute on Twitter: “I had the pleasure of meeting @jamaledwards.

“He was an extraordinarily talented young man, so ambitious, a real entrepreneur and had a natural gift for talent.

“I was so very sorry to hear about his passing. I’m sending my love to his family. Rest in peace, Jamal. Much love, Simon”.