Bill Withers, author, and singer of classics Ain’t No Sunshine and Lean on Me has died of heart complications, his household mentioned. He was 81.

The household mentioned in a press release, “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. 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.”

The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music within the mid-1980s, died on Monday in Los Angeles, the assertion mentioned. 

His demise brought on a flood of appreciation for his contribution to music on social media, together with from former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who mentioned Withers’ music has been a cherished half of her life. “It added to my joy in the good times, and also gave me comfort and inspiration when I needed it most,” she tweeted. 

Others who posted a tribute for him have been singer José James who mentioned “we need his message of unity now more than ever” and Billy Dee Williams who mentioned, “your music cheered my heart and soothed my soul.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote on Twitter, “What a legacy” and Chance the Rapper took to his Twitter and mentioned, “Aw man, Bill Withers was really the greatest.”

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