B. Smyth, an R&B recording artist known for the single “Twerkoholic” and the follow-up “Twerkaholic, Pt.2,” has died. He was 28.
The singer’s older brother Denzil shared the news of his death in a video posted on B.Smyth’s Instagram page, telling fans the artist passed away on Thursday, Nov. 17, after battling a lung disease known as pulmonary fibrosis.
“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 captioned the post.
He added that the singer enjoyed watching videos of fans performing dance challenges to his latest single “Twerkaholic, Pt.2,” which he released three weeks ago while he was hospitalized.
“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,” Denzil added.
“Twerkaholic” was released in 2014, while Part 2 debuted last month.
Smyth, whose real name was Brandon Smith, was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 12, 1994.
He got his start by posting covers of popular songs on YouTube, and landed a record deal with Motown in 2012.
That same year, Smyth released his debut single “Leggo” featuring rapper 2 Chainz. His EP, The Florida Files EP, followed in October 2013, and included the single, “Win Win” featuring Future.
Denzil said the Smyth family is asking for privacy, but he plans to share details about funeral arrangements.