Jack White pays tax bill for historic Detroit property

Jack White pays tax bill for historic Detroit property
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POSTED: Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 5:04am

Jack White's undercover good deed has come to light.

The musician and Detroit native, formerly of the White Stripes, anonymously donated money to the Detroit Masonic Temple last month to pay off a hefty tax bill.

According to CNN affiliate WXYZ, the historic Detroit property owed $142,000 in back taxes and was facing foreclosure when an unnamed donor stepped in to help.

On Tuesday, Masonic Temple officials revealed in a statement that White was the big spender who helped save the building, and as a result the Temple's Cathedral Theater will be named after the rocker.

"We could not be more humbled to bestow this honor upon Jack," the president of the Detroit Masonic Temple Association, Roger Sobran, said in a statement. "Jack's donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it. Jack's magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words."

The statement noted that White came forward to pay off the debt not only because he's played a number of shows at the Detroit Masonic Temple, but also because his mother worked there as an usher when he was growing up. Both White and his mother are said to have "a profound love for the gothic structure." 

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