New Delhi: Variety reported on Thursday, citing a statement from David Crosby’s wife, that the singer-songwriter passed away at the age of 81. Crosby was one of the most prominent rock vocalists of the 1960s and ’70s.
According to Variety, Crosby’s wife said that her husband passed away at home with his family at his side “after a long illness.”
After decades of drug usage, Crosby had a liver transplant in 1994. He also overcame diabetes, hepatitis C, and heart surgery in his 70s.
Crosby was a founding member of two renowned rock bands: the country and folk-influenced Byrds, for whom he co-wrote the smash song “Eight Miles High,” and CSNY. As a member of both of these bands, he was recognised for his contributions to the music industry by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Graham Nash, a former member of CSNY, paid homage to Crosby on his social media account. Nash remarked in a long note, “It is with a deep and profound sadness that I learned that my friend David Crosby has passed. I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with one another, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many long years. David was fearless in life and in music.”
He added, “He leaves behind a tremendous void as far as sheer personality and talent in this world. He spoke his mind, his heart, and his passion through his beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy. These are the things that matter most. My heart is truly with his wife, Jan, his son, Django, and all of the people he has touched in this world.”