A public memorial for Barry White is being planned for early August, his family said. The event will combine a celebration of the R&B singer’s life with the dedication of a public recreation center in his name. The exact date has not been set. A private memorial service was held yesterday (July 8) in Los Angeles.
“We wish to extend our thanks to everyone who has offered expressions of sympathy and love for our father, husband and brother,” his family said in a written statement. “Your kind words of support and encouragement mean more than we can say and have helped to sustain the family during this difficult time.”
The family said the South Park Recreation Center will be renamed after White, who grew up in that section of Los Angeles.
The singer, who had kidney failure from years of high blood pressure, died July 4 at the age of 58. He’d been undergoing dialysis and had been hospitalized since a September stroke.
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