Bill Withers, Who Sang ‘Lean On Me’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine,’ Dies at 81

Date: 2020-04-03 21:38:04

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American soul singer Bill Withers, the man behind the 1970s classics “Lean On Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine”, has died aged 81. #BillWithers #LeanOnMe #AintNoSunshine

His family confirmed his death in a statement, saying he had passed away 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 read.

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.

Ain’t No Sunshine and Lean on Me are among Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

His hit Lean On Me was performed at the inaugurations of both US Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia, and children, Todd and Kori.

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