Bill Withers’ Cause of Death Revealed

Bill Withers’ death certificate has been released.

According to the document, issued April 20 and obtained by TMZ on Tuesday, the legendary soul singer’s immediate cause of death is listed as a cardiopulmonary arrest.

His underlying causes of death are listed as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs, and bradyarrhythmia, a slower-than-expected heart rate — both of which he had suffered from for years.

On March 30, the three-time Grammy winner — known for hit songs such as “Lean on Me” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” — passed away at Providence Tarzana Regional Medical Center in Tarzana, California. He was 81.

Later that week, his family released a statement to the Associated Press, saying they were “devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father.”

“A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” their statement read. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”

The music legend was later laid to rest at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Through his career, Withers released eight studio albums, one live album, ten compilation albums, and thirty-four singles.

In 2015, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by fellow legend Stevie Wonder.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia, and his children, Todd and Kori.

May he rest in peace.


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