Brian Wilson, Nile Rodgers and other stars pay tribute to Bill Withers

In the wake of the sad news announced today that Bill Withers died Monday of heart complications at age 81, a variety of other well-known music artists have posted tributes to the legendary pop/R&B singer and songwriter on their social media pages.

Founding Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson wrote in his Twitter feed, “I’m very sad to hear about Bill Withers passing. Bill was a ‘songwriter’s songwriter’ and wrote so many great songs like ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ and ‘Lean On Me.’ A real loss. Love & Mercy to Bill’s family.”

Nile Rodgers of Chic tweeted, “#RIPBillWithers Class, class and more class.”

Longtime E Street Band member Nils Lofgren, who also plays with Neil Young‘s group Crazy Horse, posted a link on his Twitter feed to video of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band playing a live version of “Lean On Me,” along with the message, “Damn I did not even know this video existed  #BILLWITHERS Rest In Peace sweet man.  No more appropriate song right now.”

Here what some other artists had to say in tribute to Withers:

Richard Marx: “RIP #BillWithers Thank you for sharing that tremendous talent with us all those years.”

Sheila E.: “My friend, U are sooo missed…My heart is broken and I am devastated you too are gone but, i do know where u are and one day I will see u again. I love u.”

The BanglesSusanna Hoffs: “Peace and love, Bill Withers.”

Peabo Bryson: “Losing this one is hitting me different! [You] were my friend, my brother and you gave me wisdom whenever you saw or felt I needed it! Thank you my friend…Thank you! I will miss you!”

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