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Confined To A Chair, Barry White Was ‘Booed’ By Fans In Sad Last Days

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Barry White’s sudden death shocked the nation on July 4, 2003, when the musician suffered a heart attack at age 58. But for his family members and loved ones, the pianist’s fatal health crisis was a long time coming.

“He had to perform sitting down. It infuriated the crowds, they wanted Barry playing the piano and moving around,” recalls, Ned Shankman, the singer’s personal manager in a teaser for REELZ’s new docuseries, Autopsy: Barry White.

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“The show was in the round and he wouldn’t turn, so half the audience saw only his back, and they booed him!” adds Barry White biographer, Marc Eliot, in the clip.

As readers know, White’s mobility was impaired by an underlying health condition called Edema, that on top of his many ailments, caused his legs and ankles to swell.

“He wasn’t able to stand up, he was trying. He was struggling, but he was trying, and God bless him for that,” says Barry’s White’s son, Darryl White, in the video promo.


Autopsy: Barry White airs Saturday, October 6 at 9:00 ET/PT.

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