Good Morning Britain's Sean Fletcher pays tribute to Jamal Edwards after attending vigil for late music mogul
GOOD Morning Britain's Sean Fletcher has paid tribute to late music mogul Jamal Edwards.
The presenter, 47, attended a vigil in Jamal's native Acton, West London last night and spoke about the moving tribute on today's GMB.
Sean's co-star Susanna Reid asked him about the vigil, which was held outside a mural of the late SBTV founder in his hometown.
Susanna, 51, said: “I know they addressed it very movingly on Loose Women yesterday, as of course his mum Brenda is part of the Loose Women team, but Sean you were at the vigil last night.”
To which Sean, 47, replied: "I went to the vigil last night, as you can see there were hundreds of people, it was outside a mural of him, his face, which he sadly unveiled two months ago and now that has become a memorial so people gathered there and there it is."
The broadcaster added that the vigil, which was attended by hundreds of people, even "stopped traffic at times".
He added: "It shows how much of an impact he had on the UK music industry but also on our local community, that’s Acton in West London."
GMB's Richard Madeley, 65, then remarked: "You [Sean] were working him on a project as well weren’t you?”
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The host went on to explained that he was in talks to work on a project with the "hugely influential figure".
Sean said: “Well yes, we were talking about protecting our community, but I was reminded of a tweet he put out in 2012 about how it’s important to create something beyond your life and how chillingly relevant that is now.”
Jamal's passing from a sudden illness aged 31 was confirmed by his mother, Loose Women's Brenda Edwards yesterday.
Jamal gained fame from setting up music platform SBTV in 2006, which is often credited as helping to launch a string of UK music careers including Dave, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J.
He was also an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, a charity headed by the Prince of Wales, and in 2014 he was awarded an MBE for his services to music.
In a statement read out on ITV's GMB and shared on Loose Women's Twitter account, Brenda said: "It is with the deepest heartache that I confirm that my beautiful son Jamal Edwards passed away yesterday morning after a sudden illness.
"Myself, his sister Tanisha, and the rest of his family and friends are completely devastated.
"He was the centre of our world. As we come to terms with his passing, we asked for privacy to grieve this unimaginable loss.
"I would like to thank everyone for their messages of love and support.
"Jamal was an inspiration to myself and so many. Our love for him lives on, his legacy lives on. Long live Jamal Edwards MBE, MBA, PhD."
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