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Reporter turned music journalist dies at 61

chris-whiteA former regional reporter who went to forge a successful career as an entertainment writer has died aged 61.

Chris White, pictured, became a music journalist after involvement with the local press as early as childhood led to a career in the industry.

As a young music enthusiast he wrote letters to the Dewsbury Reporter as well as singers Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield.

Chris then studied journalism at Darlington College before taking up a trainee position on the Batley News in 1971.

While covering events as a reporter at the Batley Variety Club he was introduced to stars including Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones and Eartha Kitt.

After leaving the News he went on to work for Music Week, the trade paper for the UK record industry, in 1974.

During his career Chris also edited Replay magazine, and wrote sleeve notes on albums for acts such as Danny La Rue and Billy Fury.

He also stood for the Tory Party in elections for Wandsworth Borough Council, in London, but was not elected.

He passed away peacefully on Wednesday with his family at his bedside after suffering a rare liver ailment.

Chris is survived by his brother, Phil, two nephews, Karl and Damien, and a niece, Rachel.