Bill Withers, RIP
More terrible news: soul legend Bill Withers has died from heart complications, his family tells The Associated Press. He was 81, and he is survived by his wife, Marcia, and children, Todd and Kori. His family's statement reads:
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.
Bill broke through with his now-classic 1971 debut album Just As I Am, home to favorites like "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Harlem," and he went on to have a consistently great career that birthed more classic singles like "Lean On Me," "Use Me," "Lovely Day," "Just The Two of Us," and more. His influence spans far and wide, and he's been sampled or covered by countless artists including Kanye West, Will Smith, The Black Eyed Peas, Blackstreet, Kendrick Lamar, Fiona Apple, Paul McCartney, Scott Walker, and many more.
Rest in peace, Bill. The world won't be the same without your powerful voice in it.