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LaShawn Daniels, Grammy Award-Winning Songwriter, Dies At 41

The beloved songwriter died due to injuries from a car crash.

On Wednesday morning (Sept. 4), it was reported that veteran songwriter LaShawn Daniels passed away at age 41. According to The Independent, the cause of death has yet to be made public.

Affectionately known as Big Shiz, the pen-master crafted lyrics for R&B and Pop's top vocalists of the late 90s into the 2000s. Daniels wrote hits like Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World," "One Wish" by Ray J, Brandy and Monica's "The Boy Is Mine," "It's Not Right (But It's Okay)" by Whitney Houston, and the Grammy-winning track "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child. In 2013, Daniels was nominated for another gramophone for his work on Tamar Braxton's hit melody "Love and War."

In tandem with producer/songwriter extraordinaire Rodney Jerkins, he and Daniels began a fruitful partnership in placing an iconic stamp on R&B during the 90s and early aughts. Working on Brandy's sophomore album Never Say Never continued to boost the pair's studio creations and led them to work with a countless number of singers.

In an interview with Parle Magazine, Daniels shared one of his proudest moments as an acclaimed songwriter, highlighting Drake's "Girls Love Beyonce" and its sample of "Say My Name" as a highlight.

"I think as a writer, one of my proudest moments are when I hear the newer artist that’s popping, great and respected, sample a song that I worked on. Then when they mention you on Instagram, it becomes 'Wow! I didn’t even know y’all dug into credits like that.' Drake used the 'Say My Name' hook on one of his records and since then he’s used four more, even with his latest project," Daniels said. "The turnaround of music being appreciated in a way that somebody refers to something you’ve done and recognize you and respect it enough to figure out who you are, that’s really a proud moment. People would say to me, 'I knew that was you when I heard this line or that rip,' it’s crazy! But it’s a really, really proud moment for me. You feel like you’ve made a difference and set yourself aside in a world of singers and arrangements. I’m just always in awe and appreciative."

His music industry peers expressed their condolences and memories on social media. Daniels wife, April Daniels, issued a statement on Instagram. According to CNN, the beloved hitmaker died from injuries in a car accident.

 

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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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The 56-year-old also shared a conversation she had with her daughter concerning the college admission scandal. Huffman revealed that her daughter said, “I don’t know who you are anymore mom? Why didn’t you think I could do it on my own?” Huffman's child with actor William H. Macy has a learning disability, which prompted Huffman to engage in the scam in an effort to allot more time for her to take the SATs.

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