Singer-songwriter David Crosby dead at 81

By John Ackermann, Hana Mae Nassar, and The Associated Press

Legendary sing-songwriter David Crosby has died. He was 81.

Citing a statement from Crosby’s wife, Variety reports the musician died “after a long illness.”

“He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django,” his wife’s statement to the publication reads. “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.”

Crosby first found fame as a member of the 1960s folk-rock group The Byrds, which he co-founded. Upon leaving The Byrds in 1967, he started the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash, later known as Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, with fellow songwriters Graham Nash and Stephen Stills.

They became hugely influential in the late-’60s and early-’70s, spearheading the folk rock movement and unabashedly getting involved in political activism.

As a songwriter, Crosby had always been known for using alternate tunings on his guitar and utilizing complex harmonies.

Tributes have been pouring in for the artist online.

A common description among the tributes was that Crosby was a “legend,” leaving behind a big influence on the music industry.

“Thank you ⁦@thedavidcrosby⁩ I will miss you my friend,” singer Melissa Etheridge wrote on Twitter.

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