Gospel Artists Grieve Passing of Famed Songwriter
LaShawn Daniels, the creative force behind some of our favorite pop songs, died last night in a car accident. He was 41.
Daniels worked with artists like the late Whitney Houston (“It’s Not Right But It’s Okay”), Beyoncé and Lady Gaga (Telephone), Michael Jackson (“You Rock My World”), Brandy and Monica (“The Boy Is Mine”), and Destiny’s Child (Say My Name).
Daniels’ wife and manager April, who appeared alongside him in the WE reality show “Tamar & Vince,” officially announced his passing in a statement written on behalf of the family posted to her Instagram page.
“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 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,” read the statement.
The news of Daniels’ passing hit the Christian music and entertainment community hard, sparking an outpouring of grief, prayer, and disbelief from those who knew him.
Singer and former ‘Sunday Best’ contestant Jessica Reedy posted a tearful plea for prayers last night, only a short time after receiving word of Daniels’ passing. “Please join me in a unified prayer right now!!! PLEASE,” Reedy wrote.
Gospel artist and one half of the duo Mary Mary, Erica Campbell posted a video collage on Instagram honoring Daniels. “Don’t know what to say I’m so hurt! Man Shawn you were such an incredible dude…thank you for laughter friendship and your musical contribution to the world,” she wrote in the caption.
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Don’t know what to say I’m so hurt! Man Shawn you were such an incredible dude!! The best part of you was how you loved @iamaprildaniels Thank you Shiz for pulling the vocals and swag I had never tapped into. More than that, thank you for laughter friendship and your musical contribution to the world💔😢 you and April were definitely one of our favorite couple friends ❤️❤️❤️ April we got you❤️#lashawndaniels
Music producer and gospel legend Kirk Franklin expressed feelings of loss and disbelief on Twitter. “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…”
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……
— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) September 4, 2019
Pastor and Hollywood Producer DeVon Franklin also reflected on spending time with Daniels recently. “So sad…I was just with him last weekend,” the pastor tweeted.
— DeVon Franklin (@DeVonFranklin) September 4, 2019
Daniels leaves behind his wife and three sons.
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