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Songwriter LaShawn Daniels, who composed lyrics to ‘The Boy Is Mine’ and ‘Telephone,’ dead at 41 in car crash


Songwriter LaShawn Daniels, seen in this photo taken just a week ago, died in a South Carolina car crash on Wednesday. (Marcus Ingram/Getty Images)

LaShawn Daniels, the eight-time Grammy Award-nominated lyricist of R&B classics “It’s Not Right but It’s Okay” and “The Boy Is Mine,” died Wednesday in a car crash.

The Newark-born songwriter was 41.

Daniels’ publicist JoJo Pada confirmed to CNN that Daniels died from injuries sustained in a vehicular accident.

“(LaShawn) was a man of extraordinary faith and a pillar in our family,” wrote his wife, April Daniels, in an Instagram post. “We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the continuous outpouring of love and sympathy.”

The artist collaborated with some of the music world’s greatest talents: Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Toni Braxton and Jennifer Lopez.

Daniels helped compose Houston’s empowerment anthem “It’s Not Right but It’s Okay” off her 1998 smash album “My Love Is Your Love,” which sold 10 million copies worldwide. He also worked with Beyoncé and Lady Gaga for “Telephone,” a track off Gaga’s “Fame Monster” album.

Other hit songs he had a hand in creating were Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World,” J.Lo’s “If You Had My Love” and “Let Love Lead the Way” by the Spice Girls, which topped the U.K. charts in 2000.

But his greatest success was co-authoring the Monica-Brandy duet “The Boy Is Mine.” The pop tune was the best-selling song of 1998 and spent an extraordinary 13 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Numerous entertainment industry titans offered condolences in the wake of Daniels’ tragic demise.

“The entire music community is feeling the loss of one of the greatest to ever do it . . . LaShawn Daniels,” wrote gospel great Kirk Franklin on Twitter. “We just stood together a week ago. No words.”

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Daniels won a 2001 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for co-writing the Destiny’s Child blockbuster hit “Say My Name.” He was competing against himself in that category the same year, having also been nominated for co-authoring Toni Braxton’s “He Wasn’t Man Enough.”