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Bill Withers Passes at 81

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

Legendary singer/songwriter, Bill Withers known for popular songs such as 'Lean On Me' and 'Ain't No Sunshine', has passed away due to heart complications at age 81. Withers is survived by his wife Marcia Johnson and their two children, Todd and Kori. In statement the family noted

"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. 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."

Considered to be one of the best songwriters of his era, Withers scored numerous hits in the 1970s and 1980s, including Just The Two of Us with Groover Washington Jr, Lovely Day, 'Use Me' and "Grandmas Hand' His his songs have been covered and sampled by artists from genres such as pop, reggae, hip hop, country and rock. Bill Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and Stevie Wonder inducted him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.