Singer Bill Withers dies at 81
Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s, 'Lean On Me,' 'Lovely Day' and “Ain't No Sunshine,” has died from cardiovascular complications.
Withers was a three-time Grammy Award winner whose most beloved songs include “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lovely Day” and “Just the Two of Us.” “Lean on Me” has found renewed popularity during the coronavirus pandemic as videos of neighbors, schoolchildren and others singing the classic hit in a show of solidarity and friendship have been appearing on social media. A message posted by Bill Withers’s family 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.”
Withers died in Los Angeles on March 30, 2020.His family announced his death, saying they were "devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father".