US songwriter, LaShawn Daniels dies at 41

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the ninth annual ASCAP and Motown Gospel's Morning Glory Breakfast Reception honoring the 33rd annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominees at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas on March 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

US songwriter LaShawn Daniels known as Big Shiz, is dead.

His wife, April confirmed that Daniels died in a car crash in South Carolina.

In a statement on Instagram, April Daniels wrote: “It is with deep 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.

“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.”

He was a regular collaborator of producer Rodney Jerkins AKA Darkchild.

Daniesl who co-wrote Destiny’s Child’s Grammy-winning, Say My Name and Lady Gaga’s Telephone, also worked with artists including Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Brandy and Toni Braxton.

Tributes came from the likes of singer Kehlani, who wrote on Twitter that “your legacy will never be forgotten”.

Dawn Richard, a former member of the groups Danity Kane and Dirty Money, said he was “one of the funniest people with the best heart”.

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. Richard said

LaShawn Daniels songs

  • It’s Not Right But It’s Okay – Whitney Houston
  • The Boy Is Mine – Brandy and Monica
  • You Rock My World – Michael Jackson
  • Telephone – Lady Gaga
  • Say My Name – Destiny’s Child
  • He Wasn’t Man Enough – Toni Braxton

He won the Grammy Award for best R&B song in 2000 for his part in writing Say My Name, and was nominated seven times further .

Daniels leaves April, his wife of almost 20 years, and three sons. Daniels and his wife created Cool Couples, a platform designed to offer relationship advice.

Rahila L.