It isn’t the news that any of us were hoping and praying for, but it is the heartbreaking reality. The sweet mother of singer-songwriter Lari White has shared the news that the precious songbird has entered hospice.
Earlier in January, we shared the news that the velvety-voiced singer, who got her big break in 1988 as a winner on “You Can Be a Star,” had been diagnosed with peritoneal cancer. The incredibly talented artist had already been through surgery and was undergoing chemotherapy, including utilizing two new drugs to attack the aggressive form of this disease.
On Jan. 14, Lari’s mother, Yvonne White, shared on Lari’s Caring Bridge page shared that they were seeing signs of improvement after the use of one of the new chemo drugs, and that Lari was scheduled for a second treatment. However, on Jan. 19, Yvonne took to Caring Bridge to share sad news.
“Last night Lari was admitted to a wonderful hospice facility here in Nashville, where she has all the care she needs to make her comfortable and quiet for this part of the journey, and where she is completely surrounded by loving family … [husband] Chuck [Cannon], the children, her sister and brother, nephew and sisters-in-law, mother and father,” she wrote. “The staff is excellent: kind, caring and competent. We are thankful, and grateful to God for the miracle of hospice care. Because of the way this superb program is designed, we have been able to be there for her … to pray, to sing, to read to her, to love on her … and each other. Her sister (an experienced hospice chaplain from Seattle) was able to spend the night with her. Thank you, hospice.”
Lari’s mother went on to say, “This mother’s heart is broken tonight for the horrendous illness that attacked our amazing daughter so viciously and quickly, as we know yours is, too. But tonight this mother’s heart is also filled with an abundance of love and comfort … and peace that she has so much love surrounding her, and for the gentle, competent care of hospice.”
The pretty and petite brunette showcased her sweet, yet gutsy vocals on her debut album, “Lead Me Not,” in 1993. The follow-up album, “Wishes,” put the Florida native on the charts with three Top 10 singles: “That’s My Baby,” “Now I Know” and “That’s How You Know (When You’re In Love).”
Lari earned her Grammy Awards in 1996 and 1998 for her contribution to the “Amazing Grace” compilation albums and, in 1999, for the soundtrack to the Robert Duvall and Farrah Fawcett movie, “The Apostle,” which also featured June Carter Cash and Billy Joe Shaver.
In addition to giving vocal lessons, Lari was still performing before falling ill, and even after receiving her diagnosis on Sept. 20, 2017, she remained active while receiving treatment.
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Fellow performers like Billy Dean, Lee Roy Parnell and Anita Cochran, as well as the legendary Bluebird Café, also asked for prayers and encouraged those who wanted to help to visit Lari’s GoFundMe page.
As journalists for an entertainment site, we try to stay unbiased, letting our readers decide who and what they like and don’t like. But we feel safe in saying that our readers would agree with us when we say we hate cancer.
Our heartfelt prayers continue for Lari and her family.