The Maestro of Love checked into Tampa General Hospital on Friday afternoon, wearing a long, black coat with a green knit cap pulled low on his head despite temperatures outside in the 90s.
Deep-voiced soul singer Barry White, 50, who canceled five concerts because of asthmatic bronchitis and exhaustion, waited briefly in the emergency room Friday morning. He was admitted under an alias and surrounded by secrecy. No information was available on his medical condition.
Word of his arrival leaked out, and a handful of fans were waiting when the singer, a star from the 1970s, walked through the hospital lobby. White has made a comeback recently with a multiplatinum album, The Icon is Love.
White canceled two shows earlier this week in Hampton, Va., and Augusta, Ga., and postponed Thursday night's show at the USF Sun Dome. That concert has been rescheduled for Aug. 23.
_ MARTY ROSEN