The Los Angeles Sentinel has confirmed the passing of legendary composer and performer Bill Withers has passed away from a heart condition.
Los Angeles Sentinel Executive Publisher Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. spoke directly with Withers wife who confirmed he passed peacefully at his home in Sherman Oaks earlier on Monday March 30th at the age of 81.
Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a number of songs is best known for the legendary song “Lean On Me, but also wrote and peformed such classics as “Lovely Day”, “Aint No Sunshine and Grandma’s hands.
The three-time Grammy Award winners family released the following statement, “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 statement read. “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.”
Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. – Executive Publisher & Chairman of Bakewell Media stated, “I am saddened by the passing of my dear friend Bill Withers. It is particularly ironic that Bill would pass away at this time from an ailment that has nothing to do with the Corona Virus. As the entire country if not the world and all those on the front line (Doctors, Nurses, Firefighters, Police Officers etc) find comfort, motivation and inspiration in his song “Lean On Me” and we all seek an end to this pandemic and can all enjoy a “Lovely Day” again”.
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