Songwriter and producer LaShawn Daniels reportedly passed away early September 4 at the age of 41.
Known to many as simply Big Shiz, Daniels talent can be credited to songs such as Michael Jackson’s You Rock My World, Brandy and Monica’s The Boy Is Mine and won a Grammy for Destiny’s Child’s Say My Name. Additionally, Daniels has worked with Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Tamar Braxton, Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and more.
No official cause of death has been confirmed however WBLS Entertainment News acknowledges reports of a fatal car accident. Daniels leaves behind three children Tahshon, Omarr and Jett and his wife of 13-years April Daniels.
Many of his music industry peers share their condolences, memories, reverence, and sadness on social media.
YOUR gift wasn’t just in your brilliant melody and lyric, it was when you walked into a room, when you laughed!
I thank God for your laugh, and the time I got to share with you on this Earth!
Our moments in the studio, our talks,
Our heart to hearts on life & family! pic.twitter.com/FkCmrPy5PG
— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) September 4, 2019
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I spent a lot of time with Shiz. One of my favorite stories from him is when he told me when he knew he was ready to get married and how he knew his wife was the one. We talked about this when I was in height of my single/wild phase. His words from that day had and still have a profound effect on me. Not only was he an incredible creative, he was a genuine and giving person who loved his family and adored his wife. And every time we were together, he kept me laughing so hard. We spoke earlier in the year about getting together and doing some work. My mind is blown right now and my heart is heavy. Rest easy my friend, @bigshiz.
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They don’t make em like @bigshiz! That’s the face you make when you’re legacy is not just about what you accomplish professionally but more importantly what you accomplish as a man. He was one of the best of us in every category you could think of. Pardon my human thoughts but there are so many people who don’t value life and make a mockery of what God has given but we have to lose him? A man who stood on principles, morals, spirituality, and the uplifting of the most high! What a man we have lost. What an example! What big shoes we have to fill! I’m lost.. I trust God but i’m concerned about this one. We needed him..🙏🏾 #RIP
If there was ever a physical representation of “Your gift making room for you,” you were it. @BIGSHIZ , thank you for being a pioneer in every genre and for unashamedly proclaiming your faith. You will be missed ?? We are praying ? #LaShawnDaniels pic.twitter.com/lU3rCk5vqw
— RCA Inspiration (@RCAInspiration) September 4, 2019
We were just laughing last Weds & Thursday …we were just joking around in texts. We’d planned to hang out in Charlotte when I came home for the Holidays. I AM SHOCKED and SHOOK, Lashawn Daniels @bigshiz one of the kindest most talented creatives WOW WOW WOW ? ? R.I.H. Bruh! pic.twitter.com/HOeCN3MOMR
— Donald Lawrence (@DonaldLawrence) September 4, 2019
In this Industry we all know how hard it is to come across talented & genuine people. Lashawn you were one of them homie! Wish we had more words but it was always love??Sending prayers out to your wife and kids. This is tragic but your legacy & spirit will live on ?? @BIGSHIZ pic.twitter.com/3BaHldF46L
— Mario (@OHYESMARIO) September 4, 2019