Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s, including “ Lean On Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81.
In a statement obtained by the AP, Withers’ family said the three-time Grammy Award winner died on Monday in Los Angeles from heart complications.
“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,” the family statement said.
“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.”
He is survived by his wife, Marcia, and children, Todd and Kori.
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