Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer LaShawn Daniels has died today (Sept. 4) after a fatal car accident in South Carolina. He was 41.
Daniels’ wife, April Daniels, confirmed the devastating news on Instagram. The statement stated:
It’s it 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. We ask that you respect the privacy of our entire family during this difficult time.
Daniels has a staggering songwriting and production catalog that runs over 20 years. The respected musician has penned hits for artists like Michael Jackson (“You Rock My World”), Whitney Houston (“It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay”), Destiny’s Child (“Say My Name”), and Toni Braxton (“He Wasn’t Man Enough”), among countless others.
Daniels is most exalted for his exceptional work for Brandy. Since making history for “The Boy is Mine,” a duet with Monica in 1998, Daniels and Brandy have been an indomitable duo. His name is featured in the liner notes for fan-favorites and deep cuts like “What About Us,” ‘Can We,” and “It’s Not Worth It.”
Last month, Daniels attended the 2019 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards to support his longtime collaborator and friend Brandy. The two also worked together on her upcoming untitled album. Brandy has yet to comment on the death of Daniels.
Other fellow singers, songwriters and producers have shared their condolences on social media.
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 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
Lashawn Daniels changed my life and if I changed your life he changed yours too.
— James Fauntleroy (@fauntleroy) September 4, 2019
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