R&B singer and rapper, B. Smyth has died at the age of 28 of respiratory failure following a battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
His brother, Denzil detailed the tragic events in a clip posted to the late artist’s Instagram page.
‘Today regretfully I have to announce that my brother has passed away this morning from respiratory failure after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis,’ Denzil said in the caption of the post.
Denzil said in an accompanying clip that his late brother reaped joy from seeing the fan reaction to his single Twerkoholic Part 2 during his illness.
‘All those new TikToks and Instagram reels made him really, really happy,’ Denzil said. ‘And he was able to have a smoother process, it gave all the love and light you were sending on social media, he really felt it and sunk into it.’
He said in the caption, ‘My brother was very excited to see a lot of you create challenges for his latest released single #Twerkoholic part 2 while he was in the ICU, it really brought him a big smile to his face.
‘So on behalf of my brother and my family we want to say thank you to all of you for all of your love & support throughout the years.’
He continued, ‘We ask for privacy during these difficult times. We also want to say thank you for all of your prayers.’
Denzil wrapped up the emotional post in writing, ‘#RIPBSMYTH Love you bro!’
The Florida-born rapper, whose full name was Brandon Smith, began his rise in music with covers of songs on YouTube such as Miguel’s Quickie and Rihanna’s Stay. His first single was 2012’s Leggo – after signing with Motown Records, which featured 2 Chainz and rose on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart to the number 12 spot.
He also worked with rapper Future on the 2013 single Win Win from his EP The Florida Files.
B. Smyth in 2017 released an album titled Thr3 and in 2021, he put out an EP titled It’s Yours For the Summer.