Bill Withers, the influential US soul singer who wrote Lean on Me, Lovely Day and Ain’t No Sunshine has died from heart complications.
Withers died on Monday at age 81 in Los Angeles, the family told the Associated Press. He was described in a statement as a “solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world”.
Born July 4, 1938, in Slab Fork, Withers was the youngest of six children. His father died when he was a child and he was raised by his mother and grandmother. After a nine-year stint in the Navy, Withers moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career in 1967.
He is survived by his wife Marcia Johnson and their two children, Todd and Kori.