Billboard Editor Timothy White Dead At 50

In shocking news, Billboard editor-in-chief Timothy White died suddenly June 27
in New York. He
was 50.

According to Billboard, it appears that White suffered a heart
attack after returning
from lunch. He was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital, where
he was pronounced

White's journalism career included stints with the AP and Crawdaddy and a long association with Rolling Stone, where he established his reputation as a foremost celebrity interviewer. He joined Billboard 11 years ago in 1991. Along the way, he established lasting friendships with many of the music world's biggest stars. He was the author of numerous books, including "Catch a Fire: The Life of Bob Marley"; "The Nearest Faraway Place: Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys and The Southern California Experience"; "Rock Lives: Profiles & Interviews"; "Music To My Ears: The Billboard Essays–Portraits of Popular Music in the '90s"; and "Long Ago and Far Away: James Taylor, His Life and Music."

He leaves behind his wife, Judy, and their 10-year-old
twin sons, Christopher and Alexander.