R&B singer B. Smyth passed away at the age of 28 after spending weeks in ICU.
On Thursday, Smyth’s brother Denzil confirmed the disheartening news with a video posted to Smyth’s Instagram account. Denzil revealed that his brother “passed away this morning from respiratory failure after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.”
“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,” Denzil wrote in the caption. “We also want to say thank you for all of your prayers. #RIPBSMYTH Love you bro! 🙏🏾☁️.”
In the video, Denzil mentioned his brother often talked about how he loved his fans. He added that Smyth often watched dance challenges for his latest released single, “Twerkaholic, Pt.2,” while he was in the intensive care unit at the hospital three weeks ago.
“All those new TikToks and Instagram reels made him really, really happy,” Denzil said. “He was able to have a smoother process… All the love and light you were sending on social media he really felt it and sunk into it.”
In addition, Denzil says Smyth asked him to make the video to inform his fans that he “appreciates all the things you guys do for him.”
At this moment, Denzil and his family are asking for privacy but will keep everyone updated about funeral services. They are also considering live streaming the funeral for fans outside Florida.
Smyth gained fame by covering songs on YouTube, such as Rihanna’s “Stay” and Miguel’s “Quickie.” He later signed with Motown Records in 2012 and released his first single, “Leggo” featuring 2Chainz. However, Smyth is best known for his 2014 single “Twerkaholic” which gained 17 million views on YouTube.