LaShawn Daniels, the famed songwriter behind some of contemporary music's biggest hits has died at age 41. The cause of death is a car crash.
Working alongside producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Daniels penned hit songs for powerhouse artists such as Whitney Houston ("It's Not Right But It’s Okay"), Destiny's Child ("Lose My Breath"), Michael Jackson ("You Rock My World"), Lady Gaga & Beyonce ("Telephone"), and Brandy & Monica ("The Boy Is Mine"), among others.
His passing led to an outpouring of grief from fellow artists, music industry veterans, and fans on social media.
Daniels won a Grammy in 2004 for his first hit "Say My Name" by Destiny's Child. He was nominated for a Grammy for "Love & War" by longtime friend Tamar Braxton.
Daniels and his wife/ manager April Daniels appeared frequently on Tamar's reality TV series, Tamar & Vince and Braxton Family Values.
Daniels' death comes just days after comedian Kevin Hart suffered a nearly career ending back injury in a car crash in Calabasas, California.
Daniels leaves behind his wife April and three sons. He will be laid to rest in his favorite kicks: a pair of throwback Air Jordans.
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......
— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) September 4, 2019
LaShawn Daniels I cant believe you are gone. My heart is so broke right now. I was so looking forward to you working with me on my new project with RJ.. I’m trying to understand this.... Wow #lashawndaniels https://t.co/seEuhMvFPr
— Hezekiah Walker (@HezekiahWalker) 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
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
— DeVon Franklin (@DeVonFranklin) September 4, 2019