Soul singer Bill Withers, the maestro who gave the world such hits as Ain’t No Sunshine and Lean On Me has died from heart complications at 81, his family said Friday.

Withers died Monday in Los Angeles, according to the family statement, which was issued to the Associated Press.

“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,” the statement said. “As private a life

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