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Also Known As: Jack White Iii, John Anthony Gillis Died:
Born: July 9, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession:

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Musically rooted in blues, punk, and classic rock, Jack White captivated audiences worldwide with his undeniable talent and showmanship. As one-half of chart-topping band the White Stripes, White helped change the landscape of alternative rock music with the band's critically acclaimed and commercially successful singles "Fell in Love with a Girl" (2001) and "Seven Nation Army" (2003). Along with musical partner and one-time wife Meg, White created an innovative, genre-blending sound mixed with the band's eccentric red-and-white stage outfits, and dazzling live performances. Throughout his career, White also produced music for other artists, acted in films like the Academy Award-winning Civil War drama "Cold Mountain" (2003), and fronted other music groups like The Raconteurs, doing all of it with the same amount of passion and dedication. After releasing a handful of albums and winning several Grammy Awards, the White Stripes announced it had officially ended in 2011. The band's split marked the end of an era for White's illustrious career, yet it also signified his well-deserved legacy as one of the most brilliant artists and dynamic performers in modern rock history.He was born John Anthony Gillis...

Musically rooted in blues, punk, and classic rock, Jack White captivated audiences worldwide with his undeniable talent and showmanship. As one-half of chart-topping band the White Stripes, White helped change the landscape of alternative rock music with the band's critically acclaimed and commercially successful singles "Fell in Love with a Girl" (2001) and "Seven Nation Army" (2003). Along with musical partner and one-time wife Meg, White created an innovative, genre-blending sound mixed with the band's eccentric red-and-white stage outfits, and dazzling live performances. Throughout his career, White also produced music for other artists, acted in films like the Academy Award-winning Civil War drama "Cold Mountain" (2003), and fronted other music groups like The Raconteurs, doing all of it with the same amount of passion and dedication. After releasing a handful of albums and winning several Grammy Awards, the White Stripes announced it had officially ended in 2011. The band's split marked the end of an era for White's illustrious career, yet it also signified his well-deserved legacy as one of the most brilliant artists and dynamic performers in modern rock history.

He was born John Anthony Gillis on July 9, 1975 in Detroit, MI. He was the youngest of 10 children raised in a religious household. Both of his parents worked for the Archdiocese of Detroit and instilled their love of music in their children, especially White. The future music star began playing the drums at six, followed by mastering the guitar and piano shortly thereafter. White loved classical music as a child, but his taste shifted to blues and 1960s rock during his teens. At 17, White worked as an apprentice at an upholstery shop, where he met owner Brian Muldoon. The duo formed the group The Upholsterers and recorded a three-track album. White went on to open his own upholstery shop, Third Man, when he was 21, all the while continuing to play with various punk bands and taking part in Detroit's garage rock music scene. In 1997, he met bartender and fellow musician Meg White, whom he reportedly fell in love with after watching her play the drums. Shortly after they met, the couple formed the band The White Stripes, with him on guitar and vocals, and her on drums.

The White Stripes signed with independent label Italy Records in 1998 and released their self-titled debut the following year. Their stripped-down rock sound and signature look - wearing only red and white clothing while performing - captivated indie rock fans hankering for music's "next big thing." Although they were married to each other at the time, White and Meg often pretended to be siblings. The couple divorced in 2000 - the year their second album De Stijl was released, but remained friends and band mates. Having piqued the general public's interest with its striking stage outfits and head-scratching relationship, the White Stripes released its breakthrough third album White Blood Cells in 2001. The album sold over 500,000 copies, thanks to the bluesy-rock single "Fell in Love with a Girl." Music critics from Rolling Stone magazine, NME, and the Village Voice raved about White Blood Cells, collectively naming it one of the year's best albums. Rolling Stone also included "Fell in Love with a Girl" on its list of the best songs of the decade. Their follow-up release Elephant marked the White Stripes' major label debut. The album featured the band's most commercially successful single "Seven Nation Army," which topped the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song earned the White Stripes a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Rock Song, while Elephant won for Best Alternative Music Performance and was nominated for Album of the Year. The group went on to win more Grammy Awards in the Best Alternative Music Performance category with their subsequent albums Get Behind Me Satan (2005) and Icky Thump (2007).

Even while he was making music with Meg, White also took on several side projects. He produced the 2004 comeback album Van Lear Rose for country legend Loretta Lynn (whom the White Stripes' White Blood Cells was dedicated to), and collaborated with Alicia Keys on the song Another Way to Die, which was released as the theme song to the James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" (2008). White, who made his acting debut with a minor role as an altar boy in "The Rosary Murders" (1987), appeared in a handful of films throughout his career. In 2003, he landed a supporting role opposite Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, and then-girlfriend Renee Zellweger in the war drama "Cold Mountain." White played a Civil War-era mandolin player who catches the eye of Zellweger's mountain-woman character. Shortly after filming "Cold Mountain," White and Zellweger were involved in a car accident that left him with a broken finger. The actress was unhurt from the crash, but White had to postpone the White Stripes 2003 summer tour because of his injury. His other film credits include the Jim Jarmusch-directed drama "Coffee and Cigarettes" (2003) and the comedy feature "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" (2007), where he played Elvis Presley.

Rumors of the White Stripes breaking up began swirling in 2005 after White formed another band, The Raconteurs, with Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler. After reportedly breaking Zellweger's heart in 2005, he quickly married model and actress Karen Elson, with whom he had two children. White and Benson co-wrote The Raconteurs' first single "Steady, As She Goes" for the group's 2006 debut Broken Boy Soldiers. White ditched the red and white outfits he donned for the White Stripes, and adopted a more natural, country-rock look with The Raconteurs. Broken Boy Soldiers received positive critical reviews, but its commercial performance paled in comparison to the White Stripes' success. The group charted better in the U.K., where the song "Steady, As She Goes" cracked the Top 10. The band released its second album Consolers of the Lonely in 2008. White formed yet another group called The Dead Weather in 2009, along with Raconteurs bassist Lawrence, Dean Fertita, and Alison Mosshart. The band released its debut album Horehound that year, which landed at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. The status of the White Stripes was under much speculation, until the band officially announced on Feb. 2, 2011 that it had broken up. White and Meg explained via the White Stripes' website that their split was not due to artistic differences or health issues, but for "a myriad of reasons."

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