Photo: David Gans

Iconic Rocker David Crosby: Dead At 81

Superstar singer-songwriter and founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby passed away on Thursday (1.19). He was 81 years old.

In a statement to Variety, David’s wife Jan Dance confirmed the sad news:

“It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django. Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music.” “Peace, love, and harmony to all who knew David and those he touched. We will miss him dearly. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to deal with our profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.”

In 1964 Crosby joined the Byrds who first became famous for their cover version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’ and an adaptation of Peter Seeger’s ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’

In 1968, the California native joined Stephen Stills and Graham Nash to form Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) who went on to have such mega-hits as ‘Marrakesh Express,’ ‘Teach Your Children,’ and ‘Our House.’

One of a select few to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice while alive, David was recognized in 1991 for his work with the Byrds, and again in 1997, for Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Suffering from a litany of medical issues throughout his years, David was the recipient of a liver transplant in 1994, and is now survived by his three other children, James, Donovan, and Erika, from previous relationships.

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: David Gans