The UK were left heartbroken in February this year after it was announced that widely-adored record producer Jamal Edwards – son of Loose Women panellist Brenda Edwards – had tragically passed away following an unexpected heart attack.
Promising young entrepreneur Jamal – who rubbed shoulders with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Dave and even King Charles during his promising career – sadly died at his mother's home in Acton, London, on 20 February at the age of just 31.
And Jamal's mother Brenda's close friend and Loose Women co-star Judi Love has paid another tribute to the rising star as she writes in her final OK! column of the year.
Reflecting on 2022, comedian Judi, 42, pens: "Like every year, the biggest highs often come hand-in-hand with some difficult lows. A lot of us have suffered a loss of someone we love or someone close to us in 2022, or we know of someone who has."
Judi describes "seeing my close friend Brenda lose her beloved son" as "one of the hardest moments" of her year.
She adds: "I have so much love and admiration for Brenda because of all the work she has put into maintaining Jamal’s legacy and keeping his memory alive since his passing."
In September this year, Jamal's mother Brenda shared a personal letter of condolence sent to her by Kings Charles III – who had paid tribute to the young talent following his death – with her Loose Women pals.
Jamal had worked closely with the Prince's Trust and met the then-Prince Charles and his mother Queen Elizabeth II on a number of occasions.
Brenda revealed that King Charles contacted her following Jamal's death, as she explained: "A few days after Jamal had passed away there was a knock at the door. I opened it and there was a gentleman, very well dressed with a beautiful bouquet of white roses asking to speak to 'Miss Edwards'."
She added: "I thought 'what have I done?'. And then he handed me a letter addressed to myself and Tanesha." She added: "When I opened it, it said 'Clarence House' and I started shaking,"
The letter was a personal note from King Charles which Brenda movingly read aloud on the show.
She began: "Dear Miss Edwards, I particularly wanted to write and say how desperately sorry I was to hear the tragic news about your dear son, Jamal."
"And above all to send you my deepest sympathy. I can only begin to imagine what an immense and aching gap he will leave in your life and that of your daughter, Tanesha.
"And my heart goes out to both of you more than I can ever say."
Brenda's voice cracked as she continued to read the incredibly moving words: "I shall never forget Jamal's dedication and support in helping with my Prince's Trust over the years.
"His commitment as an ambassador has made the most enormous difference to the Trust's work and has helped to change the lives of countless disadvantaged young people.
"Jamal was, I know, greatly respected by my Trust's staff, supporters and young people whom he met during the many years of his involvement.
"It will I hope be at least some consolation to reflect on the enormous legacy of achievement which Jamal leaves and the immense affection in which he was held by so many."
Struggling to finish the letter as tears streamed down her face, Brenda – who with co-stars Judi and Charlene Edwards met with then-Prince Charles – took a pause for breathe and then continued: "I have such fond memories of the times I met him and can ill afford in this country to lose someone as exceptionally special as your dear son.
"I fear that this letter can only be hopelessly inadequate under such soul destroying circumstances and will probably be of no comfort whatsoever in making your sense of anguish any easier to bear.
"But please know that you and your family are so very much in my thoughts at this saddest and most heart-breaking of times. Yours most sincerely, Charles."
As Brenda finished reading the letter her fellow Loose Women leapt to support her with Kelly saying: "Jamal obviously meant so much."
Brenda added: "It was very humbling to receive that and quite comforting."
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