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LaShawn Daniels, Songwriter Behind Iconic Songs Like "Boy is Mine" & "Say My Name," Has Reportedly Passed Away
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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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:
\u201cYooooo I\u2019m lost. Lashawn Daniels died?!!!! I\u2019m 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.\u201d— DAWN (@DAWN) 1567575321
\u201cDamn.. LaShawn Daniels.. wtf, this can\u2019t be real. This HURTS. He provided so many iconic songs in my life. Rest easy big man.. you will live in forever!\u201d— Mike Hough (@Mike Hough) 1567582530
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:
\u201cRIP Lashawn Daniels. We have no words. Thank you for all the magic you created with Brandy, we are broken-hearted \ud83d\udc94\u201d— BRANDY LEGION (@BRANDY LEGION) 1567572678
\u201cWow Rest In Peace to Lashawn Daniels \ud83d\ude4f\ud83c\udffd one of the greatest songwriters ever (say my name, the boy is mine, he wasn\u2019t man enough, way too many hits to name) a legend\u201d— Anthony (@Anthony) 1567571169
\u201cLaShawn Daniels has contributed so much to us. So many songs I still listen to regularly. God rest his soul and be with his family.\u201d— Michael Arceneaux (@Michael Arceneaux) 1567595296
\u201c\u2764\ufe0f\u2764\ufe0f\u2764\ufe0f\u2764\ufe0fForever a musical genius Lashawn Daniels! Mannn he was responsible for HITS! This was a moment! This happened on Love and War anniversary tho that hurts! \ud83d\ude22\ud83d\ude22 WTF\u201d— kiya (@kiya) 1567576715
We will update with more details as they come.