LaShawn Daniels, the Grammy-winning songwriter behind countless hits, has passed away at the age of 41 following a fatal car accident in South Carolina.
Wednesday, Daniels’ wife April confirmed the tragic news via social media in an emotional Instagram post.
“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, family member and friend LaShawn Daniels,” the statement reads. “We ask that you respect the privacy of our entire family during this difficult time.”
April is also asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a memorial fund for her late husband.
Known affectionately by friends and frequent collaborators as Big Shizz, Daniels’ storied career spans over two decades. The veteran composer is credited with penning infectious tracks such as Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World,” Monica and Brandy‘s “The Boy Is Mine” and Destiny’s Child‘s “Say My Name” which earned him a Grammy in 2000.
Daniels is also known for his collaborations with seasoned producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, which spawned a litany of pop and R&B hits for the likes of Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Tamar Braxton, George Michael, The Spice Girls and many more.
In the wake of the tragic news, social media has been flooded with condolences from Daniels’ music industry peers.
“The entire music community is feeling the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it,” tweeted Kirk Franklin.
“We was supposed go crazy next week,” added Kehlani. “Appreciate you for f****** with me OG… Your legacy will never be forgotten!”
“LaShawn Daniels is a legend,” Ari Lennox shared. “Thank you for creating some of the most powerful songs ever. Rest in Heaven KING.”
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