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Steve Harvey, Michael Strahan & More Share Tributes to Singer Bill Withers Who Died at 81

Afouda Fortune
Apr 06, 2020
10:14 A.M.
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Several stars took to their social media pages to pay their last tributes to Bill Withers, who died from heart complications at age 81.

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Soon after the news of Bill Withers’ death became public, many of his celebrity friends and colleagues took to Instagram to pay their final eulogies to him.

 Singer/songwriter Bill Withers poses for a portrait in circa 1973 | Photo: Getty Images

Singer/songwriter Bill Withers poses for a portrait in circa 1973 | Photo: Getty Images

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While Steve Harvey stated that Bill’s “music and songs will always be in my playlist and heart,” Michael Strahan mentioned that “Bill’s music will continue to make the world a better place and live on forever.”

While alive, Bill released songs, like “Harlem,” that spoke about issues that affected people’s lives and livestyle.

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Through his Instagram, Will Smith thanked the “Lovely Day” crooner as Tina Lawson recounted a sweet moment that she enjoyed with Bill while he was alive.

Chris Tucker wasn’t left out of the tribute train as he wrote that he appreciated the late singer’s “friendship, jokes, wisdom, and stories. I know you’re in heaven with Mr. Bingham having fun!”

Rapper LL Cool went to his Instagram Story to share a picture of himself and Bill on the night that they both received ASCAP awards. Jamie Foxx also chipped in with a picture of him and Bill as he asked the latter to “rest in power.”

A screenshot of LL Cool’s post on his Instagram story. | Photo: Instagram/llcoolj

A screenshot of LL Cool’s post on his Instagram story. | Photo: Instagram/llcoolj

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Stephanie Mills noted that the world lost another legend as Vanessa recalled the time that Bill and his daughter surprised her in the studio when she was recording “Hello Like Before” which he wrote.

The news of Bill’s death shocked the world after Daily Mail reported that the “Lean On Me” singer died from heart complications at age 81.

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The award-winning singer’s death came during a period that thousands of fans were drawing inspiration from his songs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the last few weeks, health care workers, choirs, artists, and more have been posting their versions of “Lean On Me” to help bring hope to people while getting through the difficult times.

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In a statement obtained by CNN, the family of the late legend asked that the public give them the privacy they required to mourn Bill. It would be recalled that Bill didn’t get into the music industry until after he spent nine years in the US Navy.

He eventually left the service in 1965 and subsequently moved to Los Angeles two years later. It wasn’t until 1971 when he was 33-years-old that Bill released his debut album, “Just as I Am.”

While alive, Bill released songs, like “Harlem,” that spoke about issues that affected people’s lives and livestyle.

Singer/songwriter Bill Withers poses for a portrait session in 1985 | Photo: Getty Images

Singer/songwriter Bill Withers poses for a portrait session in 1985 | Photo: Getty Images

According to LA Times, the song reflected on the daily lives of people that lived in Harlem, including those that suffered due to the neglect of a landlord who refused to turn on the heat.

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