- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 29, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) Timothy White, influential editor in chief of the music trade publication Billboard, died Thursday, apparently of a heart attack in his office. He was 50.
Mr. White was a veteran music journalist who spent several years at Rolling Stone magazine, wrote an acclaimed, best-selling biography of reggae star Bob Marley and was host of a syndicated radio series. He got his start as a reporter for the Associated Press.
According to Billboard, Mr. White apparently had a heart attack after returning from lunch with a longtime friend. He was rushed from his Manhattan office to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Timothy," said Michael Marchesano, president and chief executive officer of VNU Business Media, which publishes Billboard. "He was a wonderful man and a great journalist. He not only made tremendous contributions to Billboard, but to the entire music community as well. We will all miss him."
Anthony DeCurtis, a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, said Mr. White redefined Billboard during his 11 years as its editor by implementing colorful writing, more honest reporting and accurate chart data.
Mr. White's column, "Music to My Ears," spotlighted the issues and artists (old and new) he believed were important and was a must-read in the industry. The weekly column featured a portrait of him in his trademark bow tie.
"Tim was a colorful guy," Mr. DeCurtis said. "[There was] a kind of old-time eccentric journalist thing about him."
Mr. White was senior editor at Rolling Stone from 1979 to 1982 and senior editor of the groundbreaking rock magazine Crawdaddy from 1977 to 1978.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, and their 10-year-old twin sons, Christopher and Alexander.


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