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Bill Withers passes away at 81

The late R&B icon wrote hits like ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and ‘Use Me’.

Due to heart complications, the legendary soul musician Bill Withers passed away on Monday, March 30. A three-time Grammy Award winner, he had a hand in some of soul music’s biggest hits, like the aforementioned ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, ‘Lovely Day’ and ‘Just The Two Of Us’.

“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.” said his wife Marcia Johnson & family in a personal statement.

His influence was once cited best by the Roots drummer, Questlove, who once called Bill Withers “the last African-American Everyman … the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen.

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