Timothy White, editor in chief of music industry trade magazine Billboard, suffered an apparent heart attack in the magazine's New York offices and died Thursday afternoon (June 27). He was 50 years old.
White, who had been on staff for more than a decade, collapsed at the office after returning from lunch with a friend, according to a magazine spokesperson. He was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital in lower Manhattan at approximately 3:45, where doctors were unable to resuscitate him.
Always impeccably dressed in his trademark bow tie even in the seediest of New York rock clubs, White actively sought out new artists on an almost weekly basis. Even after close to a quarter-century in the music industry, White rarely, if ever, showed outward signs of being jaded and seemed genuinely excited to always be on the cusp of new music. His weekly column, "Music to My Ears," illustrated this fact while also offering commentary enriched by a wealth of experience.
A Fordham University graduate, White's career began as a sports and entertainment writer with the Associated Press. He later became managing editor of rock journalism pioneer Crawdaddy and a senior editor at Rolling Stone, where he walked the celebrity beat. He also co-produced an award-winning, nationally syndicated radio series before being named editor in chief of Billboard in 1991.
Additionally, White authored biographies on Bob Marley, James Taylor and the Beach Boys as well as penned the non-fiction works "Rock Lives: Profiles and Interviews," which compiled his numerous artist essays, and "Music to My Ears: The Billboard Essays."
White is survived by his wife, Judy, and their 10-year-old sons, Christopher and Alexander.