Bill Withers, 'Lean on Me' and 'Ain't No Sunshine' Singer, Dead of Heart Complications at 81

Although his career was relatively short, Withers resisted many of the offers to perform again that came to him later in life.

“What else do I need to buy?” he told Rolling Stone in 2015. “I’m just so fortunate. I’ve got a nice wife, man, who treats me like gold. I don’t deserve her. My wife dotes on me. I’m very pleased with my life how it is. This business came to me in my thirties. I was socialized as a regular guy. I never felt like I owned it or it owned me.”

“What few songs I wrote during my brief career, there ain’t a genre that somebody didn’t record them in,” he added. “I’m not a virtuoso, but I was able to write songs that people could identify with. I don’t think I’ve done bad for a guy from Slab Fork, West Virginia.”

He is survived by wife, Marcia, and kids Todd and Kori, according to the Associated Press.

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