Bill Withers has died on the age of 81.
The soul legend, answerable for hits together with Lean on Me, Lovely Day, Just the Two of Us, and Ain’t No Sunshine, died on Monday from coronary heart issues, his household instructed The Associated Press on Friday.
“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,” a press release reads. “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.”
The three-time Grammy Award winner had a string of hits within the early 1970s, together with Lean on Me, which topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1972.
The observe, which talks of supporting others by means of troublesome occasions, has turn out to be one thing of an anthem through the coronavirus pandemic, with well being care employees, choirs, artists, and extra posting their very own renditions on-line.
Withers’s songs have turn out to be massively common classics however he withdrew from making music in 1985. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 by Stevie Wonder.
He is survived by his spouse, Marcia, and youngsters, Todd and Kori.