Photo courtesy of Universal Studios.
Photo courtesy of Universal Studios.

James L. White, who wrote the screenplay for the 2004 Ray Charles biopic “Ray,” died Thursday in Santa Monica at age 67.

White’s attorney, Matthew H. Saver, told The Hollywood Reporter White died at his home from complications of pancreatic cancer.

Jamie Foxx earned an Oscar for his portrayal of Charles in the 2004 film. White was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his screenplay.

“Jimmy White was a lovely man and a terrific writer,” said Taylor Hackford, director of “Ray.” “His insights as a black man growing up in the South were an invaluable asset in writing the script for ‘Ray.”‘

No funeral services are planned, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which said White is survived by his wife Elizabeth; daughters Monee and Martina; and son Jimmy.

— City News Service

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