A soul legend, he was also a three-time Grammy winner.
Bill Withers, the singer, and songwriter who captivated people with his soulful songs since the 70s has passed away at the age of 81. The singer of timeless hits like 'Lean on Me,' 'Ain’t No Sunshine' and 'Use Me' died of heart complications, as announced by his family members.
His songs are still an inspiration and many had gone back to listening to his tunes in these difficult times. The statement released by his family read: "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.'"
He had joined the Navy when he was only 17 and had worked there for nine years as an aircraft mechanic. Musician Questlove had once told Rolling Stones that "He's [Bill Withers] the last African-American Everyman. Bill Withers is the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen."
The legend leaves behind a legacy that will not be forgotten any time soon. May he rest in peace!