Politicians mourn the death of Bill Withers
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Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThis week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic City leaders, Democratic lawmakers urge Trump to tamp down rhetoric as protests rage across US Sunday shows - George Floyd's death, protests bump COVID-19 from headlines MORE (D-N.J.) and other political figures are mourning the death of Bill Withers, saying the "Lean on Me" singer's words are more poignant than ever in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Lovely Day" songwriter died Monday at 81 in Los Angeles from heart complications, The Associated Press reported Friday.

The Grammy Award winner's 1972 hit "Lean on Me," was performed at the inaugurations of former Presidents Obama and Clinton. The song features lyrics including "Sometimes in our lives we all have pain, we all have sorrow / But if we are wise, we know that there's always tomorrow," offering listeners a message of camaraderie and strength during tough times.

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On Friday, Harris and Booker tweeted:

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Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocratic unity starts to crack in coronavirus liability reform fight Stakes high for Collins in coronavirus relief standoff The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Surgeon General stresses need to invest much more in public health infrastructure, during and after COVID-19; Fauci hopeful vaccine could be deployed in December MORE (D-W.Va.) said he was "heartbroken" about news of the death of the West Virginia-born performer.

And former Obama White House adviser Valerie JarrettValerie June JarrettValerie Jarrett to DOJ on George Floyd: 'We expect action, we expect justice' New committee to 'Draft Michelle Obama' urges Biden to pick her as VP The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate sends 3 billion coronavirus package to House MORE called Withers’s music a "cherished" part of her life.