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2020-04-03 11:19:03


'Lean on Me' Singer Bill Withers Dead at 81
Lean on Me Singer Bill Withers Dies at 81
Bill Withers. Reed Saxon/AP/Shutterstock

Bill Withers, known for his iconic songs “Lean on Me” and “Lovely Day,” has died from heart complications at the age of 81.

The Associated Press reports that the legendary singer passed away on Monday, March 30, in Los Angeles.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” Withers’ family said in a statement. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”

Withers penned several hits over the span of his 15-year career including “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Just the Two of Us.” He recorded seven studio albums, which earned him three Grammy Awards and four Grammy nominations. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Stevie Wonder in 2015.

“I really don’t have the personality to do this all the time,” Withers told Rolling Stone after the ceremony. “I’m not that outgoing. I’m rather shy — I’d rather hide. I never danced. I hid behind the guitar. So it’s all life, you know, as long as you’re doing something.”

Withers is survived by his wife, Marcia Johnson, and their two children, Todd and Kori.

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