Songwriter LaShawn Daniels Dead at 41
The music industry is mourning the death of LaShawn Daniels.
The Grammy-winning songwriter-producer, whose nickname was Big Shiz, has died at the age of 41. Daniels penned hits for music’s biggest artists including Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, and Destiny’s Child.
His publicist JoJo Pada told CNN that Daniels died as a result of injuries from a car accident. His wife, April Daniels, also shared the news in a statement on social media.
“It is with deep sorrow 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,” read the statement. “A Grammy-award winning producer and songwriter, Daniels was a man of extraordinary faith and a pillar in our family.”
Friends including Kehlani, Dawn Richard, Tank, Ari Lennox, and Victoria Monét took to social media to pay tribute and offer their condolences.
“He was one of the best of us in every category you could think of,” said Tank, while Kehlani added, “Your legacy will never be forgotten! this shit crazy!” Ari Lennox tweeted: “LaShawn Daniels is a legend. Thank you for creating some of the most powerful songs ever. Rest in Heaven KING.”
Daniels, who worked closely with Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, was an acclaimed songwriter. His résumé includes hits like Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine,” Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World,” Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s “Telephone,” and Jennifer Lopez’ “If You Had My Love.”
He most recently attended the 2019 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta on Aug. 29 where Brandy was honored with the BMI President’s Award.
Read some of the heartfelt tributes below.
we was supposed go crazy next week… appreciate you for fuckin wit me OG.. your legacy will never be forgotten! this shit crazy! RIP Lashawn Daniels 💔
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) September 4, 2019
LaShawn Daniels is a legend. Thank you for creating some of the most powerful songs ever. Rest in Heaven KING.
— Ari Lennox (@AriLennox) September 4, 2019
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.
— DAWN (@DawnRichard) September 4, 2019
LaShawn. Thank you for putting that smile on my face, caring, believing, being a part of my journey and just being a great human being. May you cross over peacefully into Paradise. #RIPBigShiz 🕊💛💫 https://t.co/tAXcEt1gts
— Shontelle Layne (@Shontelle_Layne) September 4, 2019
In this Industry we all know how hard it is to come across talented & genuine people. Lashawn you were one of them homie! Wish we had more words but it was always love❤️Sending prayers out to your wife and kids. This is tragic but your legacy & spirit will live on 🙏🏾 @BIGSHIZ pic.twitter.com/3BaHldF46L
— Mario (@OHYESMARIO) September 4, 2019
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They don’t make em like @bigshiz! That’s the face you make when you’re legacy is not just about what you accomplish professionally but more importantly what you accomplish as a man. He was one of the best of us in every category you could think of. Pardon my human thoughts but there are so many people who don’t value life and make a mockery of what God has given but we have to lose him? A man who stood on principles, morals, spirituality, and the uplifting of the most high! What a man we have lost. What an example! What big shoes we have to fill! I’m lost.. I trust God but i’m concerned about this one. We needed him..🙏🏾 #RIP
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💔💔💔💔💔 I can’t even process that you’re gone. I learned everything I know about harmonies and vocal production and songwriting from YOU at day one straight outta sac into your arms and coaching!! All of your timeless work. Purple Reign days are my entire foundation. The classic songs you’ve written. Your kindness and willingness to work with some new girls straight from their hometown and give us your ALL after working with LEGENDS ONLY! I would be nothing. I was just talking about you to billboard and it feels like yesterday that we were all in the studio laughing, crying, working day and night just to get a glimpse of a dream. The way you made me do it over and over and teach me to come and sing with that shiz vibrato that was so recognizably yours. Your patience with my pitchy ass at 19. The way you sang toot it and boot it around the studio echoing in the halls. That loud contagious laugh. I will never forget your presence. I really don’t know what to say this is heart breaking I hope the world knows the angel we just lost. I 😥😥😥 really wish this weren’t true. Life is so short man I pray for your family. Your twin son. I pray that God wraps his arms around everyone tonight as we pray and re imagine you with the wings you’ve always had. I will miss you Shiz. So much. Rest well. Play your music and sing loud in heaven so we can hear it in our dreams. I love you
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I spent a lot of time with Shiz. One of my favorite stories from him is when he told me when he knew he was ready to get married and how he knew his wife was the one. We talked about this when I was in height of my single/wild phase. His words from that day had and still have a profound effect on me. Not only was he an incredible creative, he was a genuine and giving person who loved his family and adored his wife. And every time we were together, he kept me laughing so hard. We spoke earlier in the year about getting together and doing some work. My mind is blown right now and my heart is heavy. Rest easy my friend, @bigshiz.