David Crosby has died at 81.
Crosby was a 1960s rock band original, first with The Byrds and then as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, making him one of the most revered musicians over a 45 year career.
“It is with great sadness after a long illness that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away,” Crosby’s family said in a statement. “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.”
Crosby had an active Twitter presence, dissing The Doors, Kanye West (before he was YE), Ted Nugent, and professional wrestlers who were easy targets for his ridicule. He was a fan favorite and would give a blunt assessment to songs sent to him by fans. Not many folks do that.