Singer and R&B rapper, B. Smyth has died aged 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 I sadly have to announce that my brother passed away this morning from respiratory failure after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis,” Denzil captioned the post.
Denzil said in an accompanying clip that his late brother reaped joy seeing the fan reaction to his single Twerkoholic Part 2 during his illness.
“All these new TikToks and Instagram reels have made him really, really happy,” Denzil said. “And he was able to have a smoother process, it gave all the love and light that you were sending on social media, he really felt it and immersed himself in it.”
He said in the caption, “My brother was very excited to see a lot of you creating challenges for his latest single #Twerkoholic part 2 while he was in ICU, it really brought a big smile to his face.”
“So on behalf of my brother and my family, we want to thank you all for your love and support over the years.”
He continued: “We ask for confidentiality in these difficult times. We also want to thank you for all your prayers.
Denzil concluded the emotional message by writing, “#RIPBSMYTH I love you brother!”
The Florida-born rapper, whose full name was Brandon Smith, began his musical ascent with YouTube covers of songs such as Miguel’s Quickie and Rihanna’s Stay. His debut single was Leggo in 2012 – after signing with Motown Records, which featured 2 Chainz and peaked at No. 12 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart.
He also worked with rapper Future on the 2013 single Win Win from his EP The Florida Files.
B. Smyth released an album in 2017 titled Thr3 and in 2021 he released an EP titled It’s Yours For the Summer.