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Jamal Edwards was penniless when he died of a heart attack

Tragic music mogul Jamal Edwards died penniless, according to the Probate Office, despite claims he was worth £350million.

The SBTV founder and music entrepreneur died of a heart attack in February aged 31 after using cocaine and drinking alcohol – seven years after he was awarded an MBE for services to the industry.

Jamal, who helped launch the careers of global superstar Ed Sheeran and grime artist Stormzy, was reportedly worth between £8million and £335million but official documents show he left a gross worth of £45,502.76 and after he had paid off his debts, his net worth was zero.

The YouTube star recruited top celebrity Russell attorneys to draft his will and had pledged his estate to his family, including mother and Loose Women panelist Brenda, father Patrick, sister Tanisha, his two aunts and a close friend.

He signed his will on February 20, 2020, two years before his death, and had set up a trust fund to distribute his estate, but now his beneficiaries will receive nothing.

Jamal founded the pioneering online music platform SBTV in 2006 and has been credited with launching the careers of a number of British music stars, including singer Jessie J.

His channel, on which he has uploaded content from up-and-coming talent, gained over 1 million subscribers and also featured the likes of Emeli Sande and Rita Ora.

He was also an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a charity run by King Charles, and was made an MBE in 2014 for services to music.

After his untimely death on February 20, 2022, tributes poured in for Jamal, with singer-songwriter Ed showing his extreme sadness towards someone he considered family.

He said: “Jamal is my brother. His light was so bright. He only used it to enlighten others and never asked for anything in return.

“I wouldn’t be here without him, professionally and personally. There will never be anything that comes close to it, but I’m so grateful to have existed in its orbit.”

Jamal’s mother, singer and TV presenter Brenda, 53, shared with Loose Women a private letter sent to Loose Women by King Charles following the Queen’s death, expressing his sadness and deepest condolences.

He wrote: “I can only begin to imagine what an immense and painful void he will leave in your life and that of your daughter Tanisha, and my heart goes out to you both more than I can ever say.

“I will never forget Jamal’s support and dedication in supporting my Prince’s Trust over the years.”

In September, Brenda and Jamal’s sister Tanisha hosted a star-studded charity night to raise funds for the Jamal Edwards Trust Gala.

Singers Lewis Capaldi, Jessie Ware and Ed all performed at the gala, which brought friends, family and celebrities together to commemorate Jamal and support the charity that was formed in his honor to support the causes he is honored with are most important.

Brenda, who said continuing her appearance on Loose Women has helped her stay strong, wore custom sneakers emblazoned with the SBTV logo in honor of Jamal, while Tanisha’s shoes featured a photo of her brother’s smiling face.

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