US singer-songwriter Bill Withers dies aged 81

3 April 2020, 15:26

Bill Withers died at the age of 81
Bill Withers died at the age of 81. Picture: Getty

By Asher McShane

US singer-songwriter Bill Withers, whose hits included Lean On Me, has died aged 81, his family said.

The 3-time Grammy Award winner wrote a string of soulful 1970s hits including “Ain’t no Sunshine”. He died of heart complications.

The singer died on Monday in Los Angeles. His family described him as a “solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world.

"He spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other," the family’s statement said.

Crispin Hunt, chairman of the Ivors Academy, said in a statement: "We are extremely sad to hear that Bill Withers, one of the most influential songwriters on the planet, has died aged 81.

"Bill was a towering talent and incredibly lovely human being.

"He lit up the room at The Ivors in 2017 when presented with the PRS Special International Award saying: 'Ultimately, songwriters are simply dealing with feeling. And right now I'm humbled and dealing with the feeling you've given me by so graciously acknowledging my body of work over the years'."

Latest World News

See more Latest World News

Villagers search through a landslide in Yambali village in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s government says landslide buried 2,000 people

Rafah airstrike that killed dozens of Palestinians was 'tragic mistake', says Israel's Netanyahu

Rafah airstrike that killed dozens of displaced Palestinians was 'tragic mistake', says Israel's Netanyahu


Biden says each generation has to ‘earn’ freedom in Memorial Day remarks

APTOPIX Israel Palestinians

Netanyahu acknowledges ‘tragic mistake’ after Rafah strike kills dozens

North Korea fails to launch 'spy satellite' into orbit again - but forces Japanese island to 'take cover'

North Korea fails to launch 'spy satellite' into orbit again - but forces Japanese island to 'take cover'

Kim Jong-un and North Korean flag (Alamy/PA)

North Korea says its attempt to put another spy satellite into orbit has failed

Austria IAEA

Iran further increases stockpile of uranium enriched to near weapons-grade level

Elon Musk in 2024

Elon Musk’s xAI raises six billion dollars to develop artificial intelligence

Racial and Gender Equity in European Football Conference – Thursday February 1st – City Ground

Ex-France footballer Karembeu says two of his relatives killed in New Caledonia

Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli strike where displaced people were staying in Rafah

Israel faces new condemnation over Rafah strikes

A man looks at a damaged car after a tornado in Valley View, Texas

At least 20 dead as storms carve path of destruction across southern US

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, is welcomed by Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

Zelensky visits Spain in pursuit of weapons for Ukraine to fight Russia with

Vehicles move through a waterlogged street in Kolkata, India

Cyclone floods villages, blows away roofs and cuts power in Bangladesh and India

Iran’s acting president Mohammad Mokhber

Iran’s acting president addresses parliament after fatal helicopter crash

Around 15,000 locals took part in the protest

15,000 anti-tourism protesters boo holidaymakers in Majorca as organisers vow 'this is just the start'

Demonstrators with Georgia flags at a protest against the bill

Georgian parliament committee rejects presidential veto of media law