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Soul Singer, Bill Withers, Dead At 81 [Breaking News]

The musical world loses another great icon as we mourn the loss of three-time, Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and band leader, Bill Withers. Known for musical hit's such as, "Lean On Me", "Grandma's Hands", "Lovely Day", and "Ain't No Sunshine", Withers' inspiration and contribution to music remains part of musical history that stands the test of time.

Born William Harrison Withers, Jr., the last of six children, in Slab Fork, West Virginia, Withers decorated the 70's with a string of soulful and heartwarming hits that were both relatable and conscious for his community. Joining the Navy at just 17, Withers spent nine years in service to his country as an aircraft mechanic. Moving to Los Angeles after his tenure with the military, Withers bought a used guitar and began recording demo's of his music in hopes of landing a record deal. Sussex Records signed Withers in 1971 and his first album "Just As I Am" solidified Withers as one fo the greatest voices and songwriters in soul music today.

Having put out a statement, the family confirmed that Withers died Monday, March 30, 2020, from heart complications. Their statement read:

"As private a life as he lived closed 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."

We wish the family all the prayers and support they desire and need in this time and we carry on knowing that Bill Withers will forever be one of the most dynamic performers of our time. Having been inducted into the Rock N'Roll Hall of Fame in 2015, Withers has definitely made his mark in music. #RIP Bill Withers, you will forever live on in the music.

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