Bill Withers, the soul music icon who created iconic tracks like “Lean On Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lovely Day” and “Just the Two of Us,” passed away on Monday due to heart complications. He was 81.
Withers is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Grammy award-winning singer whose legendary music left a huge impact on the music industry. Despite retiring in 1985, Withers created timeless songs that transcended genres and were listened to, covered and sampled for decades afterwards.
His family released a statement on Withers’ passing:
“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. 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.”