(KTLA) — David Crosby, one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 1960s and beyond, has died at age 81, his wife confirmed in a multi-media statement Thursday.
“It is with great sadness that our beloved David (Croze) Crosby passed away after a long illness,” the statement shared with Variety said. “He was surrounded with love by his wife and soul mate Yang and son Django. Although he is no longer with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us.”
Crosby was a founding member of two hugely popular rock bands, The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, which later became Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The California native has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has released three albums of original material in recent years.
“His legacy will live on through his legendary music,” his wife said in a statement. “Peace, love and harmony to all who knew David and those whom he touched. We will miss him greatly. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to cope with our deep loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.”
Despite his success in the 1970s and 80s, Crosby’s “personal life was marred by heavy drug use,” according to the Rolling Stones. According to Variety, he was arrested in Texas in 1982 on charges of possession of drugs and weapons, which led to a five-month prison sentence in 1986. He later underwent liver transplant surgery after years of drug and alcohol abuse.
Crosby was the focus of a 2019 documentary, “David Crosby: Remember My Name,” which chronicled his incarceration, liver transplant and more, according to the New York Post.
“It’s about how I became who I am,” he said at the time. And not everything is beautiful.
Crosby resumed touring in the 2000s. Last year, Crosby performed live with The Lighthouse Band at The Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.
Crosby is survived by his wife Jan Dance and four children: Django, James Raymond, Erica and Donovan.