Memorial to Jamal Edwards goes up in flames as residents accuse ‘hateful person’ of torching tribute

Memorial to Jamal Edwards goes up in flames as residents accuse ‘hateful person’ of torching tribute to the British music entrepreneur

  • Jamal Edwards died on 20 February aged 31 following a ‘sudden heart attack’
  • His memorial wall on Acton High Street found to have been torched overnight 
  • Community groups have said they ‘really hope this wasn’t done maliciously’

A memorial for British music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards has been destroyed by a fire after London residents found the artwork, flowers and cards laid in tribute for the 31-year-old burnt on Wednesday morning.

The decorated wall on Acton High Street showed a portrait of London-born Mr Edwards was found to be ruined, with residents accusing a ‘hateful person’ of maliciously torching the artwork.

Mr Edwards gained fame from setting up new music platform SB.TV – helping to launch a string of UK music careers including Dave, Ed Sheeran and Jessie J, and was awarded an MBE in 2014 at the age of 24 for his services to music. 

The music mogul died on 20 February, aged just 31, following a ‘sudden heart attack’ after taking drugs at the Acton home he shared with his mother Brenda Edwards, a Loose Women panelist, after DJing the night before. 

The cause of fire of the memorial near his home in Acton is not yet known. London Fire Brigade and the Metropolitan Police have been contacted by MailOnline regarding the incident.

A memorial for British music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards has been destroyed by a fire after London residents found the artwork, flowers and cards laid in tribute for the 31-year-old burnt on Wednesday morning

A memorial for British music entrepreneur Jamal Edwards has been destroyed by a fire after London residents found the artwork, flowers and cards laid in tribute for the 31-year-old burnt on Wednesday morning

One woman called Flo told MyLondon: ‘This is wrong! But try all they may, they can’t burn away the positive impact he had/has on people.’

Another woman said: ‘This is despicable, I hope they find who did this.’

People have expressed their fury at the memorial being ruined on local community groups, with one user writing on social media: ‘I really hope this wasn’t done maliciously.

‘Acton is extremely multicultural and I’d be very surprised (and disappointed) if it was arson.’

The music mogul died on 20 February, aged just 31, following a 'sudden heart attack' after taking drugs at the Acton home he shared with his mother Brenda Edwards, a Loose Women panelist, after DJing the night before

The music mogul died on 20 February, aged just 31, following a ‘sudden heart attack’ after taking drugs at the Acton home he shared with his mother Brenda Edwards, a Loose Women panelist, after DJing the night before

Someone also suggested that the hot weather could be the cause of the fire, with candles and cards sat below the artwork: ‘It’s been really hot, so maybe it was the heat… hoping it wasn’t a deliberate act, that would be vile.’

One wrote: ‘These last few days as the heat intensifies, its quite possible old candles, glass, dried flowers… That’s easy stuff to catch alight.’ 

Another added: ‘Someone definitely done this, it’s been up for a long time now and also the time it was done was at night it wasn’t during the day.

‘But justice will be served for you Jamal you didn’t deserve this, I can’t believe people would be so vile.’

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