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R&B Singer Barry White Dies - 2003-07-05

American rhythm and blues singer Barry White, known for his deep baritone vocals and sultry lyrics that produced some of R & B's most familiar tunes, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 58.

White had suffered kidney failure from years of high blood pressure. The singer's manager said White had been undergoing dialysis treatment in Los Angeles and had been awaiting a kidney transplant since last September.

White recorded such R & B standards as Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe, and You're the First, the Last, My Everything, both in the 1970s when his popularity peaked. He sold more than 100 million records, and in 2000, received two Grammy awards for his song Staying Power.