Denise Welch and Charlene White have led the Loose Women tributes to their co-star Brenda Edwards’ son Jamal Edwards following the news of his death aged 31.
It was confirmed on Sunday that SBTV founder Edwards had died following a sudden illness.
The music entrepreneur’s mother Brenda is a regular panellist on the ITV show Loose Women, having appeared on the programme since 2019.
Denise was one of the first celebrities to pay their respects, writing on Twitter: ‘My heart aches for my friend Brenda. I can’t bear it. Jamal Edwards was a wonderful son and brother.’
Charlene, alongside a photo of Edwards, penned: ‘Your light shone so brightly that it touched so many of us, impacted the lives of many more, and changed the game forever.
‘And, you are my Brenda’s son. There are no words to describe her heartbreak, our heartbreak, now that your light has gone. Sometimes life is terribly unfair.’
Nadia Sawalha posted a photo of Edwards on her Instagram, along with the caption: ‘Rest in peace @jamaledwards.
‘The pain your mum @brendaedwardsglobal family and friends must be in is unimaginable. You made a real difference to peoples lives. That is clear.
‘So many extraordinary achievements at such a young age ,as well as just being plain old fashioned sweet and kind. What a terrible loss to so many ..RIP’ (sic)
Stacey Solomon added: ‘One of the greatest, kindest, most sincere and humble people I ever had the pleasure of meeting. Just devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with Brenda, Tanisha and all of Jamal’s loved ones.’
Ruth Langsford wrote: ‘My heart is breaking for my friend @brendaedwardsglobal after the loss of her amazing son Jamal yesterday. I can only imagine her unbearable pain.
‘Grief is the price we pay for love. The @loosewomen will wrap our arms around her and try to fill her with all the strength we have. My condolences and love to you my darling friend, Tanisha and all your family. RIP Jamal. X’
Judi Love said: ‘@jamaledwards If only words could express how you have changed peoples life, making real waves for artist and young people to achieve their dreams.
‘As busy as you were you still had time for anyone that needed it, for any young person that needed guidance and a role model.
‘As much as everyone proud of you and the legacy you’ve left behind, the pain is unreal. Rest Well King 🕊💔 @brendaedwardsglobal my friend I just can’t 💔💔😭💔🙏🏾 I love you so much I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry.’
Charlene interviewed Edwards on Loose Women in 2021 as he joined the programme alongside his mother, Brenda.
‘When SBTV was launched back in 2006, I was working on Radio 1and 1Xtra and you were the biggest inspiration to so many of us because you were a guy who believed in what it was you were trying to sell,’ she told him at the time.
‘You knew there was a market for it, you didn’t care about the naysayers, you just did it.
‘For me to be on the panel and sat beside your mum is huge to me, but to be sat on the panel with you is massive.’
She continued: ‘You’ve impacted the lives of so many, a lot of Black men, in the country, to believe that they can do whatever they want to do irrespective of the sort of people they have to deal with.’
Edwards was a teenager when he launched the youth broadcasting and production film channel SBTV to upload clips he had recorded of his friends performing on the estate where he lived in Acton, west London.
By 2014, he had amassed an estimated fortune of around £8 million and worked with the likes of Jessie J, Emeli Sande and Ed Sheeran.