Singer Bill Withers has passed away at the age of 81. The family of the GRAMMY-winning singer has confirmed that he died on Monday in Los Angeles.
“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 shared in a statement.
“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.”
Withers recorded music from 1970 to 1985, responsible for timeless hits "Lean On Me," "Use Me," "Ain't No Sunshine," and "Just the Two Of Us." Withers won three GRAMMY awards over the course of his career, and he was inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
"Bill's work has made a lasting impression on the music industry, with countless acclaimed artists performing renditions of his recordings, including Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney and Barbra Streisand," Recording Academy Interim President Harvey Mason Jr. shared in a statement.
"His music will continue to influence the music community and be cherished by the world for years to come. Our hearts go out to his loved ones and all who were impacted by his incomparable work."