Grammy-Winning Songwriter LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels Reportedly Dead at 41

Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer extraordinaire LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels has reportedly died. He was 41.

His death nor the cause of death has been confirmed; however, according to a numerous social posts, he was in a fatal car accident.

Daniels will rest as a legend. He wrote a number of hits including Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World,” Destiny’s Child “Say My Name,” Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine” and Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right (But It’s Okay).”

In addition to the aforementioned artists, Daniels also worked with Toni Braxton, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Tamar Braxton, Ciara, Alicia Keys, The Spice Girls and more.

His work with Brandy alone inspired a generation of music. In addition to composing, Daniels was also an incredible vocal producer and arranger.

Daniels appeared on numerous series like Making The Band and notably appeared on WEtv’s Tamar & Vince for its earlier seasons.

On top of being a legend for his musical gift, Daniels was also known for his display of love with his wife April Daniels and his faith.

Members of the industry have already begun to mourn and celebrate his life:

My heart goes out to April, his children, his loved ones and his musical community. RIP LaShawn.

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Bryant Lydell

Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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