Droves of celebrities and musicians paid their respects after they learned the great Bill Withers passed away at the age of 81.
The legendary singer, known for hits like “Lean on Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone,” died Monday from heart complications. His family announced his passing on Friday with a touching statement.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father,” the statement read. “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…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.”
His music influenced countless artists and his song, “Lean on Me" was performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama.