Huge crowd turns out for Jamal Edwards candlelight vigil in Acton

Images above: crowds gather for Jamal Edwards at his Acton mural, tributes left by vigil attendees 

Mourning fans gathered for a candlelit vigil in Acton on Monday night (21 February) to pay tribute to ‘local legend’ Jamal Edwards, following news of his shock death.

The 31 year old British entrepreneur and YouTube star was an instrumental figure in British rap and grime music. He launched SBTV, an online urban music platform which helped kickstart the careers of artists like Dave, Ed Sheeran and Skepta.

Jamal grew up in Acton, where a mural of him was unveiled in 2021. The mural was the focal point of the vigil, which was attended by his family, friends and fans.

In December 2021, Jamal shared a photo of the mural in Acton, and posted a picture on Instagram of Ed Sheeran posing beside it. Videos shared on social media showed people consoling each other at the vigil, as well as rapping freestyle in honour of Jamal.

Images above: crowds gather at the vigil (Twitter: @adulescent/ @s_ormiston)

‘Deepest heartache’ 

Jamal’s mother, Loose Women co-host Brenda Edwards, said in a statement following his death:

“It is with the deepest heartache that I can 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.”

Nicky Caulfield, a drummer based in London who attended, said:

“This just doesn’t feel real. You are so loved and missed mate. Vigil for the late, great Jamal Edwards tonight. Devastating”

Another Twitter user said:

Vigil and flowers by his #Acton mosaic, in remembrance of ⁦@jamaledwards – a local hero. So many people turned out to mourn his premature death.”

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