Ed Sheeran has paid a poignant tribute to his late friend Jamal Edwards with his new music video for Are You Entertained featuring American rapper, Russ.

Edwards died on February 20 following “cardiac arrhythmia caused by having taken recreational drugs”, his mother, Brenda Edwards, confirmed after the opening of an inquest into his death.

He found fame after setting up the music platform SBTV in 2006, and was credited with helping to launch a string of UK music acts to stardom, including Sheeran, Dave and Jessie J.

Global superstar Ed, 31,  said he “hit up” Edwards for music video ideas after deciding to collaborate with Russ, “knowing that he would create something incredible”.

The music entrepreneur planned out the video but died at the age of 31, before the video to Are You Entertained could be shot.

But since his death, Sheeran said the new music video has brought Jamal’s “vision to life”.

Watch Ed Sheeran’s new music video which brings Jamal Edwards’ vision to life

Ed Sheeran felt ‘so sad’ shooting ‘Are You Entertained’ music video

Sheeran said on Instagram: “Jamal then planned it out for the next couple of months, sending me locations, ideas, cameos, trying to make it the best video any of us could make.

“We were meant to shoot in February, but the day before Russ flew out, Jamal tragically died. Our whole world was upside down, and I had to cancel and just tell Russ it wasn’t happening, but he was so so understanding, to a level il never forget.

“Jamals mum @brendaedwardsglobal and sister Tanisha, a few weeks later said we should still try and make Jamals vision come to life, so with the help of his amazing production team at @radicalmedia_london and @jakenava directing, we shot it.”

Sheeran said he “felt so sad” shooting on the day but at the same time “very proud”.

He continued: “I wish Jam was here to see it, I wish we’d done it together, but he would be buzzing how all his people came together and brought his vision to life.”

Sheeran thanked Russ for being “such an amazing human”, adding: “Jamal lives on forever.”