Singer-songwriter-guitarist David Crosby, a founding and pioneering member of two of the most famous ’60s rock bands, The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash has died. He was 81 years old.

His wife released a statement.

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 started the ’60s rock/folk movement with The Byrds from 1964-1967. He later joined forces with Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash of The Hollies to form Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1968. Their debut album went multi-platinum and kicked off the supergroup era of rock.

They later added the voice of Neil Young to make the group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. That tenure didn’t last long as the styles of Young clashed with the rest of the group, but they gave us some great music in that short time together.

Crosby was an integral part of their harmonic sound and densely layered vocal performances.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice as a member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Crosby is survived by his wife Jan Dance, their son Django, son James Raymond, and two daughters, Erika and Donovan.

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