Bill Withers — the soulful singer-songwriter known for his string of hits in the ’70s — has died from heart complications … according to his family.
Withers died Monday in Los Angeles. His family says … “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A 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.”
He’d go on to land several other hits — including “Use Me,” “Just the Two of Us” and “Lovely Day” — until he withdrew from making music in 1985 to live a more private life.
Bill was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
His family says … “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world.”
Withers was 81.