LaShawn Daniels a.k.a Big Shiz Killed in a Car Accident
LaShawn Daniels, a Grammy-winning songwriter who penned hits for the likes of Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston, died in a car crash Wednesday at 41.
“It is with sincere and heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing away of our loved husband, father, family member, and friend LaShawn Daniels, who was the victim of a deadly car accident in South Carolina,” his wife, April Daniels, said in a statement this Wednesday. “Daniels was a man of extraordinary confidence and a column in our family.”
Daniels earned a Grammy Award for Best R&B tune in 2001 for Destiny’s Child’s hit single “Say My Name.” He was nominated again in a similar class in 2004 for composing Tamar Braxton’s “Affection and War.”
The music network mourned the loss of the man behind various prominent R&B hits, including Jackson’s “Shake My World” and Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy is Mine,” just as melodies for Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Brandy, Ray J, Monica, Toni Braxton, and Natasha Bedingfield.
“The entire music network is feeling the loss of one of the best to ever do it,” gospel vocalist Kirk Franklin composed. “LaShawnDaniels…we just stood together seven days prior. No words.”
Ari Lennox called Daniels “a legend.” She included, “Thank you for making probably the most dominant melodies ever. Rest in Heaven KING.”
James Fauntleroy tweeted that Lashawn Daniels has transformed me and on the off chance that I have changed your life he changed yours as well.”
Daniels’ significant other expressed gratitude toward everybody for “the ceaseless overflowing of adoration and compassion” and requested everybody to “regard the security of our whole family during this troublesome time.”