Born: July 4, 1938
Birthplace: Slab Fork, WV
Died: March 30, 2020
Place of Death: Los Angeles, CA
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Career and Life
William Harrison Withers Jr. was an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded several major hits, including "Lean on Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me", "Just the Two of Us", "Lovely Day", and "Grandma's Hands". Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for four more. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
Withers married actress Denise Nicholas in 1973, during her stint on the sitcom Room 222. A year prior to their marriage, Nicholas reported to the authorities that Withers physically assaulted her after she threatened to end their relationship, but she refused to press charges. The couple divorced in 1974. In 1976, Withers married Marcia Johnson, and they had two children, Todd and Kori. Marcia eventually assumed the direct management of his Beverly Hills-based publishing companies, in which his children also became involved as they became adults.
Withers died from heart complications in Los Angeles on March 30, 2020, at age 81; his family announced his death four days later. He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).