Legendary Musician David Crosby Has Died At 81

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David Crosby, founding member of ’60s rock band Crosby, Stills & Nash, has died at the age of 81. Crosby’s representative confirmed the news to Variety.

David Crosby’s cause of death is unknown, but the trailer for his 2019 documentary reveals that he had been dealing with health issues for years. Crosby, who was 76-years-old when the documentary was filmed, tells the camera that he has had three heart attacks and 8 stents in his heart. His wife is heard saying, “I don’t think people know how sick he really is.”

He also reveals in the documentary that he received a liver transplant, was struggling with diabetes, and is afraid of dying after battling hepatitis C.

Crosby first gained fame for his role with the Byrds. In 1965, a year after Crosby joined the band, they earned their first No. 1 hit with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

Crosby made an appearance on the Byrd’s first five albums, but was dismissed from the group in 1967. Crosby then formed Crosby, Stills & Nash with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. The group found immediate success with the release of their debut album, and in 1969 won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

While known as a talented guitarist and singer, David Crosby was also an accomplished songwriter. He co-wrote songs such as “Lady Friend,” “Eight Miles High,” “Wooden Ships,” “and “Everybody’s Been Burned.” He also recorded six solo albums and charted with all but one.

Over the course of his career with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby sold over 35 million albums. He is one of the few artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He earned the honor for his work with the Byrds and with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

As news of David Crosby’s death spread, fans and friends of the artist flooded social media with tributes.

Many of those tributes came from fellow musicians who worked with or were influenced by David Crosby’s music. Read some of those tributes below.

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