GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter LaShawn Daniels has died at the age of 41.
Daniels had written songs for a host of stars including Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Lady Gaga for whom he co-wrote the smash hit Telephone.
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Known as “Big Shiz”, he was instrumental in creating the sound of late-Nineties and early 2000s R&B and pop
Daniels’ best known work includes co-writing Destiny’s Child’s hit song “Say My Name” for which he won the Grammy Award for Best R&B song in 2001.
He was nominated again in the same category in 2014 for Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War”.
Daniels also has songwriting credits on Jennifer Lopez’s “If You Had My Love”, Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” and Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World”.
He had a great love for gospel music and last year released his debut album as a solo artist, “The Big Shiz Project.”
Daniels was a regular collaborator of producer Rodney Jerkins AKA Darkchild.
Kehlani was among those to pay tribute and she tweeted: “Your legacy will never be forgotten!”
Dawn Richard, who was in the groups Danity Kane and Dirty Money, said: “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.”
She added: “God bless his family and friends. I send my prayers to them. Stay strong. Know he will always be loved.”
The musician Kirk Franklin wrote: “The entire music community is feeling the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it. LaShawnDaniels … we just stood together a week ago. No words.”
What was the cause of his death?
His wife April said he died in a road accident in South Carolina although there is still no confirmation as to when the fatal crash happened.
The couple had three sons together and she paid tribute to him.
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“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,” she said.
“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.”
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