David Crosby, ex-guitarist of the mythical folk rock band The Byrds, as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has died this Thursday at the age of 81 after a “long” illness, as reported by his wife in a statement to ‘ Variety’.
“He was surrounded by his wife and soul mate Jan and his son Django. Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us,” he explained, adding that “his legacy will live on through his legendary music. “.
With his bandmates Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke, Crosby laid the foundation for Los Angeles folk-rock during the ’60s in the Byrds.
The musician was also part of a rock group made up of Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, which would later be joined by singer-songwriter Neil Young as a fourth member, thus adding his last name to the lineup.