The late Jamal Edwards, who died of a sudden heart attack earlier this year, may unfortunately not be as wealthy as people believe him to be.
Fans will recall that Jamal died of cardiac arrhythmia on February 20, in his mother’s home in Acton, London, after using cocaine and drinking alcohol. New information has now come to light regarding his financial state of affairs, hinting that he may have died penniless despite the claims of his significant worth.
Jamal Edwards’ Estate Has No Value After Paying Off Debts
According to the figures from the probate office, which Daily Mail reported, the late music mogul died flat broke even though he was alleged to have been worth between £8 million and £335 million. Not to mention, official documents showed that he left a gross estate of £45,502.76 that was reduced to nothing after his debts were paid off.
Jamal took on leading celebrity attorneys Russells to draw up his will and had promised his estate to his family, including his mum Brenda, dad Patrick, sister Tanisha, two aunts, and a close pal. He signed the will two years before his passing and created a trust fund to share his estate; however, his inheritors now stand to gain nothing.
The YouTube icon is widely known for creating the online music platform SBTV in 2006 and was credited with assisting in the launch of a number of UK music stars, including songstress Jessie J.
His channel, where he uploaded the content of upcoming stars, gained more than a million subscribers and featured icons like Emeli Sande and Rita Ora. In addition, he was an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a charity formed by King Charles, and in 2014, he was awarded an MBE for his services to music.
Following the tragic passing, many tribute to the late entrepreneur, including songster Ed Sheeran and King Charles, who sent a private letter to Jamal’s mom, Brenda, expressing his condolences. The king wrote:
“I can only begin to imagine what an immense and aching ap he will leave in your life and that of your daughter Tanisha and my heart goes out to both of you, more than i can ever say. I shall never forget Jamal’s support and dedication in helping with my Prince’s Trust over the years.”
Back in September, Brenda and Jamal’s sister Tanisha hosted a star-studded charity evening to raise funds for the Jamal Edwards Trust Gala to support the causes the deceased cared most about.
The likes of Lewis Capaldi, Jessie Ware, and Ed all performed at the event, where friends, family, and celebs came together to pay homage to Jamal’s memory and promote the charity. Brenda donned customized trainers in honor of her son, which were designed with the SBTV logo, while Tanisha’s shoes had a photo of her brother’s smiling face.
Several months after the British star’s demise, the “Loose Women” presenter shed more light on the sudden loss using a lengthy message which The Blast noted, confirming her son took drugs before his death.
She started the write-up by expressing gratitude to those who supported her family through the challenges, after which she admitted that since the last time she spoke about Jamal, she has been in shock. Brenda sadly revealed that the cause of his “devastating passing was due to cardiac arrhythmia caused by having taken recreational drugs.”
The SBTV Founder Is Honored By Ed Sheeran With Appreciative Words During Memorial
Jamal no doubt played an essential role in many artists’ careers, given the numerous tributes and turnout of stars at his memorial not long ago. The Blast reported that one of the speakers at the event was Ed, who credited the deceased for giving him his first big break more than a decade ago.
Jamal allowed him to perform the single “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” on his YouTube channel, leading him to get discovered by his manager Stuart Camp and the Atlantic record. The “Shape of You” vocalist said, “I don’t think I would have been given the opportunities I was given had it not been for Jamal putting his arm around me.”
He added that he did not think he would have been allowed through certain doors if not for Jamal, despite people’s belief that he could have still ended up being famous with his songwriting and singing prowess.