Country singer Lari White dies at 52

Lari White passed away today (Jan. 23) at the age of 52. The country singer, songwriter, and producer was battling cancer.

According to Billboard, White became a well-known name in Music City when she won Jim Ed Brown’s You Can Be A Star program in 1988. She is best known for the trio of top ten singles “That’s My Baby,” “That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love),” and “Now I Know.”

White was born on May 13, 1965. She is survived by her husband, songwriter Chuck Cannon, and her three children.

Lari White through the years
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Lari White through the years
Studio portrait of singer Lari White, Nashville, Tennessee, December 1, 1994. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 677 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Lari White and host Jay Leno on April 25, 1995 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Lari White attends 23rd Annual American Music Awards on January 29, 1996 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Lari White attends 23rd Annual American Music Awards on January 29, 1996 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
382812 11: Singer Lari White arrives for the premiere of 'Cast Away' December 7, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Newsmakers)
Lari White at the 36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Ca. 5/9/01. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Lari White during The 36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Press Room at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Lari White at the BMI Nashville Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo by Justin Kahn/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 11: Lari White and Jeb Brown rehearse for the new Broadway production of 'Ring of Fire,' a musical based on the songs of Johnny Cash that will be opening March 12 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
'Celebrating the Lyrics of Alan and Marilyn Bergman' at Zankel Hall on Wednesday night, November 1, 2006.This image;Lari White performing. (Photo by Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images)
Lari White during 'High Fidelity' Broadway Opening - December 7th, 2006 at Imperial Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by G. Gershoff/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 06: Singer Lari White during the 2008 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards at the Beverly Hilton on May 6, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 12: Songwriter Alan Bergman performs with Lari White at the 7th Annual 'We Write The Songs' Concert at The Library of Congress on May 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leah Puttkammer/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 09: Lari White attends the 58th Annual BMI Country Music Awards at BMI on November 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for BMI)

Country stars took to social media to express their condolences.

“Heartbroken over this news,” wrote Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. “Lord, be near. Praying for Lari’s precious family and all who loved her.”

“My heart is so sad today for the passing of Lari White,” wrote Rascal Flatts’ Gary Levox. “My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Country music has lost a pioneer and a dear friend. #RIP

“I’m extremely saddened by the passing of my friend Lari White, wrote Travis Tritt. “She was so talented and a joy to write and record with. My heart goes out to all of Lari’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time.”


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