Bill Withers, the iconic soul singer who sang "Lean On Me" and "Ain't No Sunshine," died Monday from heart complications, according to a statement from his family. He was 81 years old.
Withers wrote and recorded several major hits, including "Just the Two of Us" and "Lovely Day," before withdrawing from the music industry in the mid-1980s.
While "Ain't No Sunshine" is often played to soothe a broken heart, "Lean On Me" has become the anthem of solidarity and friendship. Healthcare workers and artists have posted their own renditions of "Lean On Me" on social media in an effort to power through the current coronavirus crisis.
Withers is survived by his wife Marcia and their two children, Todd and Kori.