David Crosby, a rock icon who rose to fame in the 1960s as a founding member of both The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), has died. He was 81.
“It is with great sadness after a long illness that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away,” the statement says. “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.”
She thanked fans for their love and asked for privacy “as we grieve and try to deal with our profound loss.”
In July 2021, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer spoke with USA TODAY on the cusp of releasing his eighth solo album, “For Free.”
“80 is not a number you celebrate, darling,” Crosby joked. “Being old is not something to celebrate in general.”
Crosby also reflected on tackling mortality in the album’s closing track. His son James, with whom he reunited in the 1990s after putting him up for adoption in 1962, wrote it.
“It’s a beautiful song, isn’t it? I’ve had a bunch of friends call me weeping (after they heard it),” he said. “My son James wrote that. He was a good (songwriter) when I met him, and we started writing together right away. But he’s at least as good as I am, if not better.”
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Crosby battled a series of health challenges, including three heart attacks, a liver transplant, diabetes and tendonitis. A regular presence on Twitter, Crosby often interacted with fans, tweeting Wednesday about topics including the arrest of climate activist Greta Thunberg and his favorite Beatles song (“Eleanor Rigby”).
He famously served as a sperm donor to Melissa Etheridge and her former partner Julie Cypher. Their son Beckett Cypher died in 2020 at age 21 from opioid addiction.
Contributing: Melissa Ruggieri