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LaShawn Daniels, Songwriter Behind Iconic Songs Like “Boy is Mine” & “Say My Name,” Has Reportedly Passed Away

LaShawn Daniels, Songwriter Behind Iconic Songs Like “Boy is Mine” & “Say My Name,” Has Reportedly Passed Away

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Update: LaShawn Daniels’ publicist, JoJo Pada, told CNN that Daniels died on Tuesday, September 3rd, from injuries sustained in a car accident.

His wife, April Daniels, also posted a statement on her Instagram.


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With Love, from The Family! 💔 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lashawn Daniels Memorial Fund on PayPal at LashawnDanielsMemorial@gmail.com

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The music industry is grieving this morning.

Grammy-award winning songwriter LaShawn Daniels — aka Big Shiz — has reportedly died. Daniels, who was a veteran songwriter who wrote songs for everyone from Michael Jackson to Lady Gaga to Whitney Houston to Destiny’s Child, was only 41 at the time of his death.

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Details around his death have not been confirmed by outlets, but friends in the music industry have been sending their condolences on social media. Artists like Kehlani, Tank, Victoria Monét, and more have been showing love for the veteran songwriter:


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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

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I spent a lot of time with Shiz. One of my favorite stories from him is when he told me when he knew he was ready to get married and how he knew his wife was the one. We talked about this when I was in height of my single/wild phase. His words from that day had and still have a profound effect on me. Not only was he an incredible creative, he was a genuine and giving person who loved his family and adored his wife. And every time we were together, he kept me laughing so hard. We spoke earlier in the year about getting together and doing some work. My mind is blown right now and my heart is heavy. Rest easy my friend, @bigshiz.

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💔💔💔💔💔 I can’t even process that you’re gone. I learned everything I know about harmonies and vocal production and songwriting from YOU at day one straight outta sac into your arms and coaching!! All of your timeless work. Purple Reign days are my entire foundation. The classic songs you’ve written. Your kindness and willingness to work with some new girls straight from their hometown and give us your ALL after working with LEGENDS ONLY! I would be nothing. I was just talking about you to billboard and it feels like yesterday that we were all in the studio laughing, crying, working day and night just to get a glimpse of a dream. The way you made me do it over and over and teach me to come and sing with that shiz vibrato that was so recognizably yours. Your patience with my pitchy ass at 19. The way you sang toot it and boot it around the studio echoing in the halls. That loud contagious laugh. I will never forget your presence. I really don’t know what to say this is heart breaking I hope the world knows the angel we just lost. I 😥😥😥 really wish this weren’t true. Life is so short man I pray for your family. Your twin son. I pray that God wraps his arms around everyone tonight as we pray and re imagine you with the wings you’ve always had. I will miss you Shiz. So much. Rest well. Play your music and sing loud in heaven so we can hear it in our dreams. I love you

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For decades, LaShawn Daniels worked closely with Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. He wrote iconic songs like Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy is Mine,” Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But it’s Okay,” Jennifer Lopez’ “If You Had My Love,” and more.

All morning fans on social media have been expressing their love for Daniels:


We will update with more details as they come.


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