LaShawn Daniels, the songwriter responsible for some of pop and R & B’s greatest hits, has died in a car accident aged 41.
Songwriting legend Daniels worked with a number of artists including Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and Lady Gaga throughout his prolific career, and was recognised in 2001 with a Grammy Award for penning Destiny Child’s smash hit “Say My Name”.
He contributed on Beyoncé and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”, Jennifer Lopez’s “If You Had My Love” and Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World”.
He was also Grammy-nominated for Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War”, Toni Braxton’s “He Wasn’t Man Enough” as well as “The Boy is Mine”, a track featuring Brandy and Monica.
His wife April broke the sad news that her husband died in a car accident on Tuesday in South Carolina.
Her statement read: “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 fatal 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.
We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the continuous outpouring of love and sympathy.”
Tributes for the acclaimed producer have flooded social media, with singer Ari Lennox tweeting: “LaShawn Daniels is a legend. Thank you for creating some of the most powerful songs ever. Rest in Heaven KING.”
Fellow music star Kirk Franklin also shared his sympathies and disbelief over the news: ‘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……
A second tweet from Franklin read; “I’m sorry … I can’t let this LaShawn Daniels loss go yet … just let heaven be real…..”