Billboard Editor in Chief Timothy White died today at the magazine's New York offices; he was fifty years old. White returned to his office after lunch with a longtime friend and suffered a heart attack shortly before 3 p.m. He was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He is survived by his wife and twin sons.
White joined Billboard in 1991 after a celebrated career as a music journalist with the Associated Press, Crawdaddy and Rolling Stone. He wrote several biographies including Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley, The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys and the Southern California Experience and Long Ago and Far Away: James Taylor, His Life and Music.
White's final column for Billboard will appear in the July 6th issue.