American rocker David Crosby, a pioneer of rock and folk fusion and co-founder of the Byrds before joining the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has died at the age of 81, specialist media reported Thursday.
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Variety newspaper first reported the death of one of the most influential musicians of the 1960s and 1970s, citing a press release from her husband, John Dance, who spoke of a “long illness.”
Rolling Stone magazine confirmed the news on the strength of a source close to the artist.
According to his wife’s press release cited by Variety, David Crosby died surrounded by his wife and his son Django, but the exact date was not known.
“Although he is no longer with us, his humanity and good spirit will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue through his classical music.
As Variety noted, the announcement of David Crosby’s death comes as a surprise because his Twitter account was still active on Wednesday.
David Crosby was born in California on August 14, 1941, to parents from large New York families, a stay-at-home mother and a cinema father, who won an Oscar for Best Cinematography.
Before his 25th birthday, in the heart of the 1960s, he was one of the founders of The Byrds, a rock fusion group from England.
In 1967 and 1968, kicked out of the Byrds due to disagreements, she dated Stephen Stills of the Buffalo Springfields and Graham Nash of the Hollies, Joni Mitchell, folk legend and one-time lover.
The group is occasionally joined by Canadian Neil Young.
The following year, on August 17, 1969, Crosby already had his mustache and long hair for his second concert with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the legendary Lumberjack Festival.
Graham Nash took to Facebook on Thursday evening to express his “deep sadness” at the “tumultuous relationship” between the two men.
“But what always mattered most to David and I was the sheer joy of the music we made together, the sound we discovered and the deep friendship we shared over the years,” he said. The deceased “was not afraid of life.” or music”.
“I don’t know what else to say: I’m heartbroken,” tweeted another legend, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson.
“Pop culture practitioner. Award-winning tv junkie. Creator. Devoted food geek. Twitter lover. Beer enthusiast.”
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