Bill Withers, the soul legend who wrote songs like ‘Lean on Me’, ‘Lovely Day’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, has died at the age of 81, died of heart complications, as explained by his family in a release.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved and devoted husband and father. A lonely man with a heart eager to connect with the world at large: with his poetry and music, he managed to connect people to each other,” he said in the statement. collected by the magazine ‘Rolling Stone’.
Relatives have also remembered Withers as a person with “a private life that he enjoyed close to family and close friends.” “But his music always belonged to the world. In this difficult time, we pray that his music offers comfort and entertainment while his followers cling to their loved ones,” they added.
Withers released eight albums before leaving the limelight in 1985, but left an important mark on the music. Songs like ‘Lean On Me’, ‘Grandma’s Hands’, ‘Use Me’, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and ‘Lovely Day’ have been performed on many occasions and even ‘Lean on Me’ has resurfaced in recent weeks as a hymn of hope at the time of the coronavirus.