Bill Withers, who died Monday at age 81, left a fortune valued at "Ain't no sunshine" and "Just the two of us," died in Los Angeles after suffering heart complications, his family reported. His other songs like "Lean on me" and "Use me" sold over three million copies and were great hits that marked the decade of the 70s.
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The also interpreter of "Lovely Day" was married twice; His first marriage to actress Denise Nicholas lasted a year and his second to Marcia Withers over 40 years. They both had two children: Kori and Todd Withers.
“We are devastated by the loss of our loving and devoted husband and father. A lonely man with a heart driven to connect with the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly with people and connected them to each other, "the family statement said.
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Withers grew up in a humble family and was a stutterer when he was little. At 17, he joined the United States Navy and worked as an airplane mechanic installing toilets. He signed a musical contract in 1971, after his demos were discovered by the Sussex Records company.