Mr White, age 68, died in the tent he lived in on the side of the road, which was well known to the local community.
He was found on Bearnett Drive, just off the A449 Stourbridge Road in Penn, at 1.20pm yesterday, Staffordshire Police said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene and forensic teams were sent to the scene.
Police do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a report has been prepared for the coroner.
Staffordshire Police said Mr White chose to live in the tent and that his family members are being supported and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time.
Sergeant Jason Dorrington, of South Staffordshire neighbourhood policing team, said: “This man was known to the local community and we would like to assure members of the public that we do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death at this time.”
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service added: "We were called to a medical emergency at 1.22pm yesterday on Bearnett Drive in Penn.
"We sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a community first responder to the scene. Upon arrival, crews found one patient, a man.
"Unfortunately it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed deceased at the scene."
Officers have confirmed there was no vehicle involved.
At 1.20pm today officers were called to Stourbridge Rd in Wombourne.— South Staffs Police (@SStaffsPolice) December 16, 2019
A 68YO man was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene. Police do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a report has been prepared for HM coroner.
Incident 330 of Dec 16. pic.twitter.com/hJbsYV1ocM