Brenda Edwards has paid tribute to her late son Jamal Edwards on his birthday.
In February last year it was announced that Edwards, the highly-acclaimed founder of SBTV and an influential figure in the music industry, had died at the age of 31 with his cause of death later ruled as cardiac arrest.
After his death, the Edwards family launched a foundation in his name to help carry on his work, with his mum regularly sharing updates as to how she is coping with grief in the aftermath of her only son’s passing.
Now, she’s shared an emotional photo montage to mark what would have been his 33rd birthday.
Played with Ed Sheeran’s song Eyes Closed, which was written for Edwards, in the background, the series of photos showed him as a child and in significant moments throughout his life and career, including meeting with the late Queen Elizabeth II and later King Charles.
Alongside the montage Brenda wrote: ‘33 years ago today I had the pleasure of becoming your proud mummy.
‘You showered me with a beautiful smile, a big heart, lots of laughs and many wise words.
‘I miss you so deeply, I just can’t describe , but I know you’re watching over me and Nishee like always, just next to Mum and Dad.’
She added: ‘Blessed Heavenly Birthday my sweet beautiful baby Jamal . I Love you always and forever.’
Her post was flooded with well wishes, with Brenda’s Loose Women co-star Judi Love writing: ‘Thinking of you all today my sweetie. I love you xx.’
Meanwhile Coleen Nolan said she was ‘thinking of you today my friend… he was such a beautiful soul and will never be forgotten’.
Many musicians who had worked with her son also sent their love.
While Pixie Lott wrote ‘love you always Jamal’, Stormzy shared a series of blue hearts.
Jessie J shared the video on her stories and also wrote on the original post: ‘Love you Brenda. What a special man you raised. Miss him so much.’
Meanwhile Ed, who has broken down on stage while performing the song he penned for his friend in the past, posted a photo of Edwards and wrote: ‘Happy birthday bro, we miss you every day x.’
In April Brenda said she sometimes breaks down in tears in public as she continues to struggle with her grief.
‘It might be outside while I’m walking and one minute I’m fine and then the next I’m in tears,’ she told The Sun.
‘There’s no rhyme or reason as to how grief affects me, I’ve not got a manual for how to grieve.
‘And so if I want to cry, then I’m going to cry.’
But, Brenda added that she was trying to do what she could to continue her son’s legacy.
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