David Crosby, legendary rock singer and songwriter, dead at 81

The co-founder of the folk-rock band Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby, has passed away at the age of 81. The cause of death is still unknown.

David Crosby dead at 81
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The news was a complete surprise to people who followed him on Twitter. His last tweet was on Wednesday, joking about heaven “I heard the place is overrated… cloudy.”

It somehow seems like the singer knew his time was near. His wife, Jan Dance, announced the unfortunate news, “It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away,”

Additionally, she said, “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.”

David Crosby was born in Los Angeles, California, on August 14, 1941. He started his successful journey as a professional musician after joining The Byrds. He initially joined as a bass player but soon became the songwriter after Gene Clark left the band. The Byrds disbanded in 1968.

He then co-founded the band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. After that, he worked on solo projects too.