Celebrities are remembering the life and contributions of Bill Withers in the wake of his death. The musician died on Monday (March 30) due to heart complications at the age of 81.
“You will always be one of my biggest idols. You taught me so much about how to keep it simple and real. I felt such a kinship with you even before we met. Your words and melodies… the chords that accompanied them… they reached into my soul and spoke to me so deeply. That’s what your music did. It brought so many of us closer to you and to each other. And, to actually know you was truly something special. You shined a light that was so unique and warm. I looked up to you the same way I looked up to my Poppa… and he was my favorite human in the world. You have always been one of the greatest and will forever be. I will miss your jokes and I will never forget your advice to me about music… ‘How does it make you FEEL? That’s the only question you have to answer’. Rip Mr. Withers. One of a kind”., Justin Timberlake tells Billboard. “His stories connected with the world. His legacy will leave sunshine with us for years”, said Justin Timberlake via Instagram.