The “Ain’t No Sunshine” singer, William Harrison Withers Jr has died from heart complications at the age of 81.
The legendary singer who performed and recorded several major hits from 1970 until 1985 with hits”Lean on Me”,”Grandma’s Hands,”Lovely Day”, and “Just the Two of Us”death comes as people across the world have found comfort in his music during the coronavirus pandemic, with healthcare workers, choirs, artists and more sharing their own renditions of Lean On Me.
In a statement, his family said: “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.”
Lean On Me, an ode to the power of friendship, was performed at the inaugurations of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and, along with Ain’t No Sunshine, is among Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.