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David Crosby, Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash co-founder, dies at 81

Music legend David Crosby dies at 81
Music legend David Crosby dies at 81 02:49

Singer-songwriter-guitarist David Crosby has died at age 81.

Crosby was a founding member of two popular and enormously influential '60s rock units, the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young).

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David Crosby attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

His wife confirmed his death in a statement to Variety on Thursday. Later, his publicist confirmed the musician's death to CBS News.

"It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django," the statement said. "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."

Crosby was influential in Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon music scene, with his band the Byrds featured in the documentary "Echo in the Canyon."

"A really integral part of this really 'happening' L.A. music scene that has been going on for a long time," KRTH morning host Gary Bryan said. "Really picked up speed in the mid-60s and went right through the 70s."

In 2014, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performed a five-night residency at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. His impact is ever-present with the performers influenced by his art. 

"He always found these amazing places to weave in and around other people's voices," said sing-songwriter Steven Page, formerly of Barenaked Ladies. "For me, as a singer and a singer in a group with other vocalists, it's one of the things you really strive for but when you hear Crosby do it — it's magical."

Friends and fans from across the globe have taken to social media to share stories and express their condolences, including Graham Nash and Brian Wilson.

It is with a deep and profound sadness that I learned that my friend David Crosby has passed. I know people tend to...

Posted by Graham Nash on Thursday, January 19, 2023
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