Three Grammy Awards Winner Bill Withers Has Died At 81

Bill Withers, the smooth voice behind soulful '70s classics “ Lean On Me, Lovely Day and Ain’t No Sunshine,”
 has died from heart complications at age 81, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The three-time Grammy Award winner and 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  inductees died on Monday in Los Angeles, the statement said. His death comes as the public has drawn inspiration from his music during the novel COVID-19 outbreak, with healthcare workers, choirs, artists and more posting their own renditions on “Lean on Me” to help get through the difficult times.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father," the statement reads. "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.”

Withers inspired artists young and old across genres, many of whom took to social media Friday to pay tribute to the late singer.

John Legend called him a "friend and inspiration," writing, "He was such an incredible songwriter and storyteller. I'm so glad he shared his gift with the world. Life wouldn't be the same without him."

Kacey Musgraves shared a broken heart emoji on twitter with the words: "RIP Bill Withers."
Chance The Rapper shared a tribute on Twitter.
"Aw man, Bill Withers was really the greatest. Grandma’s Hands, Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Use Me Up, Just The Two Of Us and obviously Lovely Day are some of the best songs of all time," he wrote. "My heart really hurts for him, it reminds me of playing records with at my grandma’s house"
"He’s the last African-American Everyman,” musician and band leader Questlove told Rolling Stone in 2015. “Bill Withers is the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen.”
Lenny Kravitz Twitted with pictures  of Withers alongside the words: "Rest in power Bill Withers."


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