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'Lean On Me' Singer Bill Withers Dead At 81

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Bill Withers, the singer-songwriter behind hits like "Lean On Me," "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lovely Day," died at the age of 81 on March 30, 2020.

Withers died in Los Angeles due to heart complications, his family announced in a statement last Friday.

"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," his family said in a statement.

The statement added, "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."

Several musical artists paid tribute to Withers on social media following the news of his passing.

"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. My heart really hurts for him, it reminds me of playing records with at my grandma's house," Chance the Rapper tweeted.

"Rest in power Bill Withers. Your voice, songs, and total expression gave us love, hope, and strength. My soul always has & always will be full of your music. Your humility displayed & depth of your power as you carried us all to a better place. You're still & always will be Bill," Lenny Kravitz tweeted.

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