‘Lean On Me’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

‘Lean On Me’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81

The acclaimed 1970s soul singer, Bill Withers, has died aged 81.

His family has said the ‘Lean On Me’ and ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ singer has died from heart complications.

“He spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” the statement said.

Known for his smooth baritone vocals and sumptuous soul arrangements, he wrote some of the 70s best-remembered songs, including Just The Two Of Us, Lovely Day and Use Me.

On Lovely Day, he set the record for the longest sustained note on a US chart hit, holding an E4 for 18 seconds.

Although he stopped recording in 1985, his songs remained a major influence on R&B and hip-hop.