'Lean on Me' singer Bill Withers's cause of death revealed

Suzy Byrne
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Bill Withers’s cause of death has been revealed.

The “Lean on Me” singer died on 30 March at the age of 81 after suffering a “cardiopulmonary arrest,” or an arrest resulting in absence of cardiac and pulmonary activity, according to his death certificate, which was obtained by the news outlet TMZ.

The document also states that bradyarrhythmia, a disturbance of the heart's rhythm, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, an inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs, were contributing factors.

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The Withers family noted when he died that “heart complications” were to blame.

They also added in their statement at the time: “We are 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.

“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.”

Singer/songwriter Bill Withers poses for a portrait session in 1985. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

The death certificate also revealed that the star died at 10:44 a.m. at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in L.A. on April 11.

Withers died as the coronavirus was spreading across the country and people were in quarantine. The three-time Grammy winner — who is survived by his wife, Marcia, and children, Todd and Kori — also sang hits including "Lovely Day," Just the Two Of Us” and "Ain't No Sunshine."