Folk-rock pioneer David Crosby dies at age 81 after long illness

David Crosby, one of the architects of the 1960s’ folk-, psych-, and country-rock scenes as a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, and one of the

most influential singer-songwriters of all time, has died. The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee was 81 years old. “It is with great sadness after a long

illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away,” read a statement released Thursday by Crosby’s wife of 36 years, Jan Dance. “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.”