'Ain't no sunshine' singer and soul icon Bill Withers dies aged 81

Withers won multiple awards including the PRS for Music Special International Award (PA Images)
Withers won multiple awards including the PRS for Music Special International Award (PA Images)
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Legendary American singer Bill Withers has died at the age of 81 his family have announced.

Their statement said: "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. 

"As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones."

Withers won three Grammy awards, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 and earned the PRS for Music Special International Award in 2017.

Among his most iconic songs were, Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me and Lovely Day.

Withers had been suffering with heart problems.

Withers on stage at the Cannes music festival in 1972 (PA Images)

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