singer B SmithThe man whose single “Twerkaholic” had 13 million Spotify streams died today of pulmonary fibrosis at age 28.
Smith’s brother Denzil confirmed his death in a video message posted on his official Instagram page.
“Today it is with regret that I have to announce that my brother passed away this morning after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.” Denzil wrote in the caption,
Denzil said that his brother “wanted him” to make a video to thank his fans for their love and support.
“My brother was so excited to see so many of you create challenges for his latest released single #Twerkoholic Part 2 while he was in the ICU it really put a big smile on his face.”
Born Brandon Smith, the singer began his career as a YouTube star, uploading versions of his hit music to the service.
His debut single of 2012, “Lego”, featuring 2 Chainz, peaked at number 12 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart. He also collaborated with Future on 2013’s “Win Win”.
In 2014 came his “Twerkoholic” single, which generated over 13 million streams on Spotify.
“Twerkoholic Part 2” came out in October. Smythe also released “On Me,” “Plan B,” “Fall in Love,” “I Love You So” and “Own My Heart” in recent months.
A memorial service is being planned, his brother said.