David Crosby, Co-Founder of Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Passes Away at 81

David Crosby, a singer-songwriter-guitarist and founding member of two influential ’60s rock groups, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), has passed away at the age of 81. David Crosby cause of death has not been revealed. The news came as a surprise to fans who followed his active Twitter account, where he had made a jocular comment about heaven just the day before his passing.

Former CSNY partner Graham Nash, who had been estranged from Crosby in recent years, paid tribute on his social media. Nash wrote, “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,” Nash continued. “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.”

David Crosby had made headlines eight months ago when he announced that he was done performing live, citing that he “didn’t have the stamina” and “didn’t have the strength.” However, he had also stated that he was recording as much music as possible. In December, he backtracked on his earlier statement and said that he was “starting yet another band and going back out to play live.”

David Crosby’s passing has left a void in the music industry, as he was a talented musician and songwriter with a career spanning several decades. His legacy will live on through his music and the impact he had on the industry. Fans and fellow musicians alike have expressed their condolences and paid tribute to the late artist.

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The Byrds, from left: Chris Hillman, Dave Crosby, Mike Clark, Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark, in 1965.Hulton-Deutsch Collection / Corbis via Getty Images file

In a Facebook post, former bandmate Graham Nash recalled the focus on their sometimes-volatile relationship — Crosby lashed out at him publicly as recently as two years ago in an interview with The Guardian — but he said the “pure joy” of making music with Crosby was what mattered most.

David Crosby Cause of Death

A source close to Crosby confirmed his death to NBC News. Crosby had a long history of health issues, including a liver transplant in 1994 due to decades of drug use, as well as surviving diabetes, hepatitis C and heart surgery in his 70s. Despite these challenges, Crosby continued to make music and tour up until recently.

Who are David Crosby’s children ?

Who are David Crosby’s children
Who are David Crosby’s chiDavid Crosby and his son, James Raymond | Evan Hurd/Sygma/Sygma via Getty Images

David Crosby had six children during his lifetime. One child, Django Crosby, was born to his wife, Jan Dance, while the others, James Raymond, Erika Keller Crosby, and Donovan Crosby, were born to other women. Additionally, Crosby was a sperm donor for Melissa Etheridge’s children, Beckett and Bailey Cypher.

Interestingly, Crosby had no knowledge of James Raymond’s existence for the first 30 years of his son’s life. According to The Guardian, Crosby was in his early 20s when Raymond’s mother became pregnant. She gave Raymond up for adoption and did not inform Crosby of his existence. Raymond eventually found out that Crosby was his biological father after his adoptive parents suggested he look into it.

Crosby went on to have a unique relationship with James Raymond, who also became a musician. Crosby said, “He gave me a chance to earn my way into his life.” This experience also proved to Crosby that music talent runs in the family, Crosby added, “anybody who tells you it’s not genetic, you tell them come talk to me.”

This News is Partially taken from NBC News & Variety