Update: LaShawn Daniels’ wife, April, released a statement confirming her husband’s death and its cause. See what she had to say below.
New Jersey songwriter and producer LaShawn Daniels has reportedly died. He was 41-years-old.
If you’re a fan of liner notes, you may recognize Daniels’ name from some of our favorite songs. But many of us were able to put a face to this creative’s name during his appearances on WE tv shows “Braxton Family Values and “Tamar and Vince.” In the latter, we watched Daniels and Braxton try to develop a sound for Braxton’s Love and War album. He helped write and produce the title track which was nominated for a Grammy in 2013 and won a Soul Train Award that same year.
Daniels, who worked heavily with producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, won his first Grammy in 2000 for his work on Destiny’s Child’s mega hit song “Say My Name”
The cause of death is unknown at this time. But early reports claim Daniels was involved in a car accident.
He leaves behind his wife of 13 years April Daniels and their three sons, Omarr, Tahshon and Jett.
Since his passing, several celebrities have mourned his loss, posting tributes on social media, including sharing ways in which Daniels has enriched their vocal gifts.
Singer Kehlani wrote: “We was supposed go crazy next week… Appreciate you for f***in wit me OG… your legacy will never be forgotten! this s** crazy!”
Dawn Richard 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.”
There’s a good chance Daniels had something to do with one of your favorite R&B jams. You can check out some of his work here.
See what other people in the music industry had to say about Daniels on the following pages.