“Tragic lessons must be learned after the sudden death of Jamal Edwards” – Eva Simpson


Eva Simpson says grieving Loose Women star Brenda Edwards reminded us how unpredictable and dangerous drugs are after the death of her son Jamal

Brenda Edwards with her son Jamal

When her beloved son Jamal passed away suddenly in February, Brenda Edwards had to go through the ordeal of sharing the devastating news with the world.

This week the Loose Women star had to publicly relive the pain when, with the inquest opened into his death, she revealed how he died.

I can’t begin to imagine what Brenda is going through.

I can only admire her strength and courage to share, in her own words, her shock at finding out that the music entrepreneur died of an irregular heartbeat after taking recreational drugs.

“Since hearing the news, I’ve been in shock and still trying to process it,” Brenda said in a statement.

“But it’s important to me that I address it because no mother or loved one should have to go through what Jamal’s sister, Tanisha, and I have gone through since his death.”

Jamal Edwards with Ed Sheeran



She added: “If I can help save a life then we will have achieved something.”

Jamal created the hit music platform SBTV, which helped launch the careers of stars like Ed Sheeran, rapper Dave and Jessie J.

He was also an author and Prince’s Trust Ambassador who received an MBE. He died at his mother’s house at the age of 31. He had, as his mother said, the world at his fingertips.

But the drugs meant his life was tragically cut short.

Drugs remain a threat and destroy lives. Not just in the case of those who use them.

The entire industry is causing untold destruction, especially among young people in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

A report by the Children’s Society found that up to 46,000 children in England – some as young as six – were exploited in county gangs, exploited and used to supply drugs across the country.

In 2020, drug-related deaths reached their highest level since records began in 1993. Data from the Office for National Statistics revealed that there were 4,561 drug-related deaths in England and in Wales, up 3.8% the previous year.

Scotland has the worst drug-related death rate in Europe.

Like Brenda, I can only hope that by addressing this issue, people, especially young people, will think twice before taking drugs. Her son’s death was a terrible reminder of their dangerousness and unpredictability.

Jamal paid a terrible price.

It’s the wake-up call everyone needs – one wrong decision can have truly devastating consequences.

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