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.