Soul Legend Bill Withers Dead At The Age of 81 Soul Legend Bill Withers, had the unique voice and penned timeless songs like \u201cLean on Me,\u201d \u201cLovely Day\u201d and \u201cAin\u2019t No Sunshine,\u201d has died from heart complications at the age of 81 according to a statement from his family. \u201cWe are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father,\u201d his family said in a statement. \u201cA 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,\u201d the family statement read. \u201cAs 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.\u201d The three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, was born the last of six children in the rural coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. He scored hits with \u201cGrandma\u2019s Hands\u201d and the B-side \u201cAin\u2019t No Sunshine,\u201d on the release of his very first album, \u201cJust As I Am,\u201d in 1971 with the iconic Booker T. Jones producing. Read: THUNDERCAT DROPS STAR STUDDED NEW ALBUM \u2018IT IS WHAT IT IS\u2019 F\/ CHILDISH GAMBINO, LOUIS COLE, AND LIL B In 1977 he scored two more hits \u201cLovely Day,\u201d co-written with Skip Scarborough and featuring Withers, and followed that hit with the classic \u201cJust The Two Of Us,\u201d co-written with Ralph MacDonald and William. \u201cLean on Me\u201d became the title theme of a 1989 Morgan Freeman film. And Withers was the subject of the 2009 documentary Still Bill. His music was also widely sampled in hip-hop: Famously, Blackstreet and Dr. Dre sampled Withers\u2019 \u201cGrandma\u2019s Hands\u201d for \u201cNo Diggity.\u201d \u201cLean on Me\u201d also charted on Rolling Stone\u2019s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and 1973\u2019s \u201cLive at Carnegie Hall\u201d ranked in the mag\u2019s 50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time. Bill Withers was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.