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US singer-songwriter David Crosby dies age 81 following long illness

The singer became an influential figure in rock music and co-founded two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands.

19 January 2023

US musician David Crosby, who co-founded two influential rock bands during his career, has died at the age of 81.

The singer-songwriter rose to fame in LA-based folk-rock group The Byrds, who he joined in 1964 and collaborated on chart-topping hits including Mr Tambourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn!.

Shortly after leaving the band, he joined supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash – with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, which later added Neil Young.

Music – The Byrds – London
American pop group The Byrds at London Airport (PA)

In a statement to US outlet Variety, his wife Jan Dance wrote: “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.

“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 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice for his role in both bands.

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