Country Singer Dead at 52

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A Grammy award winning singer and songwriter, actress, Florida native and crowd favorite has passed after  a battle with cancer, according media reports. She scored a series of hits songs and was seen in a blockbuster of movie alongside Tom Hanks.

Lari White, a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, producer and actress, has died in hospice care after a battle with advanced peritoneal cancer. She was 52. As a country artist, White scored six Top 20 country hits, including the Top 10 singles “That’s My Baby,” “Now I Know” and “That’s How You Know (When You’re in Love).” As an actor, she appeared opposite Tom Hanks in 2000’s Cast Away.

Diagnosed last September with the rare form of cancer, which develops in the thin layer of tissue lining the abdomen, White suffered a series of complications and hospital visits, which she detailed in a post on Artistworks, where she had been teaching online vocal lessons. A GoFundMe page had been set up for the singer and her husband, musician and songwriter Chuck Cannon, to help the family with mounting medical expenses.

In addition to her recording career, White co-produced Toby Keith’s 2006 LP White Trash With Money, as well as albums by Billy Dean and Shawn Mullins. On the big screen, she made a brief but memorable appearance in Cast Away and also had roles in the 2010 country-music drama Country Strong and the made-for-TV films No Regrets and XXX’s & OOO’s.

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