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It’s with a heavy heart that I report legendary soul singer Bill Withers has passed away. He was 81.

The three-time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, who gave us timeless hits like “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day,” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” died on Monday in Los Angeles from heart complications, according to a statement from his family.

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.

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.

Rest in paradise, Bill Withers.