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Barry White's Family Confirms Stroke

Soul singer Barry White, battling kidney failure since last fall, suffered a new health setback on May 1 with a speech-impairing stroke, his daughter, Shaheara White, has revealed.

Soul singer Barry White, battling kidney failure since last fall, suffered a new health setback on May 1 with a speech-impairing stroke, his daughter, Shaheara White, has revealed.

The stroke also affected the right side of White's body, but the 58-year-old entertainer is otherwise in "great spirits" as he waits in Los Angeles for his condition to stabilize enough to undergo a kidney transplant, his daughter said.

White's record label, the Island Def Jam Music Group, disclosed in September that he was undergoing dialysis for kidney failure brought on by a history of high blood pressure.

"My dad had surgery May 1 to place a catheter in his arm," his daughter said. "He had a stroke ... that affected his speech and the right side of his body, but he is in great spirits."

The singer, a native of Galveston, Texas, who grew up in L.A., was honored last week through a resolution adopted by the L.A. City Council to name a recreation center for him.

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