He was 81 years old...

Soul great Bill Withers has died, it has been announced.

The West Virginia singer melded together soul and jazz, producing something with unique potency.

A fantastic vocalist, the depth and nuance of his work produced some perennial classics - notably 'Ain't No Sunshine' and 'Grandma's Hands'.

Subject of the 2009 documentary Still Bill, a full tribute concert for Bill Withers was organised for 2016 at New York's Carnegie Hall.

A true soul legend, Bill Withers died from heart complications, according to his family.

A statement to Associated Press describes him as a "solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world," before adding:

"He spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other."

Our thoughts are with his loved ones.

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