Songwriter and producer LaShawn Daniels has died, CNN and The Independent report. He was 41 years old. Daniels’ publicist JoJo Pada told CNN that Daniels “died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.”
LaShawn Daniels contributed to numerous notable pop and R&B songs, including Whitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s “Telephone,” and Jennifer Lopez’s “If You Had My Love.” He also co-wrote several songs on Janet Jackson’s Discipline, as well as Michael Jackson’s Invincible and the posthumous album Xscape.
Daniels’ prolific songwriting has earned him credits on Drake’s VIEWS and More Life: The former’s “Redemption” samples Ray J’s Daniels-co-written “One Wish,” and the latter’s “Teenage Fever” samples “If You Had My Love.”
Among LaShawn Daniels’ most recognizable hits is Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name.” He won Best R&B Song at the 2001 Grammy Awards for his contributions to the single. Daniels also earned Grammy nods for his work on Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine,” Toni Braxton’s “He Wasn’t Man Enough,” and Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War,” as well as Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.”
DAWN, who worked with LaShawn Daniels on the 2010 Diddy - Dirty Money album Last Train to Paris, eulogized LaShawn Daniels on Twitter. “This man took my vocal ability to new levels while working in Dirty Money,” she wrote. “One of the funniest people with the best heart. A rare talent and a beautiful soul.” Below, find more remembrances from Daniels’ wife April Daniels, Kehlani, MNEK, Ryan Hemsworth, Kirk Franklin, and Victoria Monét.
Originally Appeared on Pitchfork