Legendary singer-songwriter David Crosby dies at 81

David Crosby, the legendary singer-songwriter and founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has died, a source close to the musician confirmed on Thursday. He was 81 years old.

The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has died after a long illness, his wife said in a statement to Variety.

“He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soul mate Jan and their son Django,” he told the outlet. “Though he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will live on through his legendary music.”

Crosby’s final release, “Live at the Capitol Theatre,” came out last month. In an interview with ultimateclassicrock.com, he described the performance captured on tape as “magical.”

From left, The Byrds, Chris Hillman, Dave Crosby, Mike Clark, Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark, in 1965.Hulton-Deutsch/Corbis Collection via Getty Images Archive

Crosby was born in Los Angeles and joined the Byrds in 1964, scoring his first hit with Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

Crosby, Stills & Nash, later known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young when joined by musician Neil Young, were founded the following year and released a string of hits with “Marrakesh Express,” “Just a Song Before I Go ” “. Woodstock” and others.

The band’s album, “Looking Forward”, was released in 1999.

Crosby, Stills and Nash pose backstage at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco on November 23, 1991 (L-R): David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash.
From left, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash in San Francisco on November 23, 1991.Clayton Call/Redferns Archive

Crosby was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice: once in 1991 with the Byrds and again six years later with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

In the interview last month, he said he was no longer on tour due to tendinitis in both hands.

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