Soul Legend: Barry White -1944-2003
Legendary soul singer, songwriter, and producer Barry White died Friday (July 4) at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
White’s manager Ned Shankman said in a statement that White was admitted to the hospital last September to undergo dialysis after experiencing kidney failure.
"Barry continued to fight, getting care at the finest hospital from the finest medical help available,” said Shankman.
White was born on Born September 12, 1944 in Galveston, Texas, but spent most of his life in Los Angeles. During his three decades in the music business he enjoyed a long string of success which included 106 gold and 41 platinum albums; and 20 gold and 10 platinum singles. White became a legend with his romantic and soulful music.
White, who received his first Grammy awards in 2000 (where he won two awards), was reportedly working on a duet album with producer/friend Jack Perry, prior to entering the hospital. There is no word on how far along they were on that project, but the album was originally slated to be released on Def Soul records.
White is survived by 8 children, grandchildren, and companion, Catherine Denton.