Crosby, Stills & Nash Cofounder Dead at 81

Legendary Crosby, Stills & Nash cofounder David Crosby had died. He was 81.

The singer’s spouse, Jan Dance, confirmed the information of his passing in a press release to Selection on Thursday, January 19.

“It’s with nice unhappiness after a protracted sickness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has handed away. He was lovingly surrounded by his spouse and soulmate Jan and son Django,” the assertion learn. “Though he’s now not right here with us, his humanity and sort soul will proceed to information and encourage us. His legacy will proceed to reside on by means of his legendary music. Peace, love, and concord to all who knew David and people he touched. We are going to miss him dearly. At the moment, we respectfully and kindly ask for privateness as we grieve and attempt to cope with our profound loss. Thanks for the love and prayers.”

Crosby initially rose to fame as a singer and guitarist for The Byrds in 1964. The band — which additionally featured Gene Clark, Rogen McGuinn and Chris Hillman — launched a number of chart-topping singles of their first few years, together with the Bob Dylan cowl “Mr. Tambourine Man” and their very own “Flip! Flip! Flip!”

After his exit from the folk-rock group in 1968, Crosby subsequently shaped Crosby, Stills & Nash with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. The discharge of their debut album, CSN, received the Grammy Award for Finest New Artist in 1969 and the band was featured at Woodstock. Neil Younger would later be a part of the group for reside performances and the band would later grow to be Crosby, Stills, Nash & Younger.

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CSN recorded three gold albums over time, with Cosby cowriting a few of their largest hits, together with “Girl Buddy,” “Everyone’s Been Burned” and “Why.” The songwriter was inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of fame on two separate events, as soon as for his work within the Byrds in 1991, and once more for his work with CSN in 1997.

Offstage Crosby welcomed his first son, James Raymond, with ex Celia Crawford Ferguson in 1962. Whereas James was positioned for adoption by the couple on the time, the musician in the end reunited along with his son as an grownup and the pair carried out collectively on varied events over time.

Along with James, Crosby had three different kids: daughter Erika, whom he shared with Jackie Guthrie, daughter Donovan, whom he welcomed with former girlfriend Debbie Donovan, and son Django, whom the “In My Desires” artist and Dance, 69, welcomed after they tied the knot in Could 1987. The pair conceived Django by way of IVF infertility remedies after Crosby found his liver was failing.

In January 2000, Melissa Etheridge revealed that Crosby was her and then-partner Julie Cypher’s sperm donor and the organic father of their two kids, Beckett and Bailey Cypher. In Could 2020, Ethridge, 61, revealed Beckett had died at age 21 from a drug overdose.