The songwriter behind some of the biggest hits in pop and R&B has died, his wife confirmed.
TVOne reported Grammy winner LaShawn Daniels died at age 41.
Daniels' wife, April Daniels, confirmed the news in an Instagram post, saying he died in a car accident in South Carolina. She asked that donations be made to in lieu of flowers.
"It is with deep sorrow and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, family member and friend, Lashawn Daniels who was the victim of a fatal car accident in South Carolina," the statement read. "A Grammy-award winning producer and songwriter, Daniels was a man of extraordinary faith and a pillar in our family.
"We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the continuous outpouring of love and sympathy. We ask that you respect the privacy of our entire family during this difficult time."
Daniels was a frequent collaborator with producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. The two worked on hits like Brandy and Monica's "The Boy Is Mine," Destiny's Child's "Say My Name," Jennifer Lopez's "If You Had My Love," Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right but It's Okay," Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World." and "Telephone" by Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce. Daniels has also worked with Drake, Tamar Braxton, Toni Braxton, Spice Girls and Janet Jackson, among many others.
He frequently appeared on "Tamar & Vince," Tamar Braxton's WeTV reality show with her ex-husband, producer Vincent Herbert.
Musicians and producers have taken to Twitter to mourn his death.
The entire music community is feeling the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it..... LaShawnDaniels...we just stood together a week ago. No words......— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) September 4, 2019
If there was ever a physical representation of “Your gift making room for you,” you were it. @BIGSHIZ , thank you for being a pioneer in every genre and for unashamedly proclaiming your faith. You will be missed 🙏🏾 We are praying 💔 #LaShawnDaniels pic.twitter.com/lU3rCk5vqw— RCA Inspiration (@RCAInspiration) September 4, 2019
They don’t make em like @bigshiz! That’s the face you make when you’re legacy is not just about what you accomplish professionally but more importantly what you accomplish as a man. He was one of the best of us in every category you could think of. Pardon my human thoughts but there are so many people who don’t value life and make a mockery of what God has given but we have to lose him? A man who stood on principles, morals, spirituality, and the uplifting of the most high! What a man we have lost. What an example! What big shoes we have to fill! I’m lost.. I trust God but i’m concerned about this one. We needed him..🙏🏾 #RIP
LaShawn Daniels is a legend. Thank you for creating some of the most powerful songs ever. Rest in Heaven KING.— Ari Lennox (@AriLennox) September 4, 2019
RIP to Lashawn Daniels :( he’s only co written/vocal produced literally all of our favourite records - this is so sad 💔— MNEK (@MNEK) September 4, 2019
Yooooo I’m lost. Lashawn Daniels died?!!!! I’m stuck. This man took my vocal ability to new levels while working in Dirty Money. One of the funniest people with the best heart. A rare talent and a beautiful soul.— DAWN (@DawnRichard) September 4, 2019
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Hearing the news last night about the passing of LaShawn Daniels had me numb and speechless. I know it doesn’t compare to the pain of his beautiful wife, children, family and close friends!! LaShawn is a song writing LEGEND. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with him on DC3’s final album and we cut up so good. He was always fun!! To @iamaprildaniels, your children, family and close friends whom I know well... I love you, praying for God’s peace to be over you always!!!
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YOUR gift wasn’t just in your brilliant melody and lyric, it was when you walked into a room, when you laughed! I thank God for your laugh, and the time I got to share with you on this Earth! Our moments in the studio, our talks, Our heart to hearts on life & family! I can not believe this..... Your will surely be missed BigShiz❤️!! 💔💔💔💔 Sending my prayers and condolences to @iamaprildaniels and your children!
Our heart goes out to LaShawn Daniels’ family and friends. He’ll be missed greatly. ❤ pic.twitter.com/v86vATdFKJ— Braxton Family Values (@BFV_WEtv) September 4, 2019
If you’re a true Brandy fan, you understand the impact of @BIGSHIZ. His vocal production & bgvs created a new standard of r&b. I can’t believe you’re gone. Rest in love and power. Thank you for always supporting & encouraging me. Your musical legacy lives on. #LaShawnDaniels 💔🙏🏾— Jade Novah (@JadeNovah) September 4, 2019
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