Brenda Edwards breaks down on Loose Women as she pays tribute to son Jamal Edwards a year after his death
Loose Women pays tribute to Jamal Edwards a year after the tragic death of the music producer
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ITV’s Loose Women panel Charlene White, Judi Love, Kelly Bryan and Brenda all wore blue dresses on the show. Brenda, 53, from Luton explained the reason why everyone was in blue was because Jamal was a huge Chelsea supporter, “true blue all the way.”
To mark the anniversary on Monday 20 February Brenda threw a party to celebrate his life with friends and family.
Music entrepreneur Jamal was the founder of online urban music SBTV, which helped singers such as Jessie J, Ed Sheeran and Dave in their careers. Jamal tragically died after taking cocaine, a coroner concluded.
Loose Women showed a special video speaking to Brenda and her daughter Tanisha about the past year following Jamal’s death. Ed Sheeran’s song F64 played in the background with a montage of video clips showing the singer and Jamal.
Brenda said: “The last year has been one big massive rollercoaster ride, considering I don’t really like rollercoasters to be honest.
“With the support that we’ve had it’s been really nice and comforting so that makes me feel good but then everything is tinged with bitter sweet.”
Daughter Tanisha described Ed Sheeran and Jamal’s relationship as “brothers from another mother.”
The F64 song dedicated to Jamal was filmed at Chelsea football stadium with Ed singing “Yo Jam, this is a letter to you, it’s been a while but it’s been hard for me to get in the booth.”
Ed also references Brenda in the song: “We cried for nine nights at your family home….was at your mum’s there all week trying to make sense but I can’t, and although it’s been a year I still feel pain in my heart.”
Brenda said that she and Tanisha will continue with SBTV to help people with their music careers and to keep Jamal’s legacy alive. She said: “There’s going to be more talent coming through and we will be able to offer apprenticeships to young people who wouldn’t have had an opportunity in the music industry.”
The TV presenter broke down in tears following the video as her fellow Loose Women surrounded her with hugs. Charlene asked if she was ok to continue or if they should cut to a break. Brenda whilst wiping away tears joked: “Yeah Yeah I told you guys I didn’t wanna put lashes on.”
Viewers were touched by the tribute and took to social media to share their sympathy.
One person wrote: “Brenda is a very strong woman. I don’t know how I’d cope if I lost one of my sons.”
Another commented: “I wasn’t prepared for this today thoughts are with you”
A third added: “Brenda is a lovely lady and so strong after having so much loss in her life.”