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Soul singer Bill Withers dies

According to a statement released by his family a short while ago, Withers died of heart complications.

Bill Withers speaks onstage at Reel To Reel: Chuck Berry: Brown Eyed Handsome Man at the GRAMMY Museum on February 24, 2020 in Los Angeles. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – American soul singer Bill Withers has died, aged 81.

According to a statement released by his family on Friday, Withers died of heart complications.

He wrote and recorded dozens of major hits including Ain’t no Sunshine.

WATCH: Bill Withers performs 'Ain't No Sunshine'

His other classics are _Just the Two of Us _and _Lean on Me. _

WATCH: Bill Withers performs 'Lean on Me'

He won three Grammy awards and entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Withers is survived by his wife Marcia Johnson and their two children Todd and Kori

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