The "Lean On Me" star passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020, aged 81, but news of his death didn't reach fans until Friday, when a family statement confirmed he'd died of heart complications.
Upon hearing the sad news former The Beach Boys star Wilson hit Twitter and wrote, "I'm very sad to hear about Bill Withers passing (sic). 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."
Kravitz added, "Rest in power Bill Withers. Your voice, songs, and total expression gave us love, hope, and strength. My soul always has & always will be full of your music. Your humility displayed & depth of your power as you carried us all to a better place (sic). You're still & always will be Bill."
There were also heartfelt social media tributes from Blur star Graham Coxon, Nile Rodgers, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Chance the Rapper, who tweeted, "Aw man, Bill Withers was really the greatest. Grandma's Hands, Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Use Me Up, Just The Two Of Us and obviously Lovely Day are some of the best songs of all time. My heart really hurts for him, it reminds me of playing records with at my grandma's house."
Meanwhile, hitmaking songwriter Diane Warren added, "Oh no my friend Bill Withers has died. One of the best songwriters and lovely humans ever. F**k U 2020 U suck (sic)."