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Soul singer Bill Withers has passed away. He was 81.
A three-time Grammy Winner, Withers wrote and sang iconic songs that have stood the test of time—notably “Lean On Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.”
“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,” the family statement read. “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.”
Nancy Sinatra released a 1973 cover version of “Ain’t No Sunshine,” altering the lyrics to say:
“Ain’t no sunshine when he’s gone…”
RIP Bill Withers