LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels Dead at 41
LaShawn Daniels, also known in the music industry as “Big Shiz,” passed away in South Carolina after a fatal car accident. He was 41 years old.
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The Grammy-winning artist, songwriter and producer is known for penning top songs like “You Rock My World” for Michael Jackson, “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica, plus songs for Alicia Keys, Tamar Braxton, Beyonce and more. In 2000, he won a grammy for Destiny’s Child “Say My Name,” and just a few years ago, he banned with fellow gospel artists Isaac Carree, Eric Dawkins and Gerald Haddon to form the group, KlarKent.
“It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, family member and friend LaShawn Daniels, who was the victim of a fatal car accident,” his family said in a statement released on September 4. “Daniels was a man of extraordinary faith and a pillar in our family. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the continuous outpouring of love and sympathy. We ask that you respect the privacy of our entire family during this difficult time.”
His peers have already swarmed social media with their condolences and memories (see below).
Our prayers are with his family and friends. Rest in peace, Big Shiz.
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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
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
The entire music community is feeling the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it..... LaShawnDaniels...we just stood together a week ago. No words......— Kirk Franklin (@kirkfranklin) September 4, 2019
we was supposed go crazy next week... appreciate you for fuckin wit me OG.. your legacy will never be forgotten! this shit crazy! RIP Lashawn Daniels 💔— Kehlani (@Kehlani) September 4, 2019
Yooooo I’m lost. Lashawn Daniels died?!!!! I’m stuck. This man took my vocal ability to new levels while working in Dirty Money. One of the funniest people with the best heart. A rare talent and a beautiful soul.— DAWN (@DawnRichard) September 4, 2019
YOUR gift wasn’t just in your brilliant melody and lyric, it was when you walked into a room, when you laughed!— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) September 4, 2019
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