Legendary US musician David Crosby has died aged 81, after a “long illness” Let’s see more details about David Crosby and his cause of death.
What happened to David Crosby?
His wife announced the demise of David Crosby to Variety Magazine.
|Jan Dance said: “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.
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“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.”
His wife released a statement to Variety, saying, "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." https://t.co/s7sNXpN4Jn pic.twitter.com/YAERL6U3Rq
— Variety (@Variety) January 19, 2023
Cause of Death
David Crosby passed away after a long illness. Crosby had long dealt with serious health problems, including multiple heart attacks, diabetes, and hepatitis C, for which he had a liver transplant in 1994. Despite those challenges, the veteran musician enjoyed a creative hot streak in recent years.
Crosby was posting to his Twitter account as usual in the days leading up to his death, with his passing coming as a shock to many longtime fans.
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Who was David Crosby?
David Van Cortlandt Crosby was born on August 14, 1941. He was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter. In addition to his solo career, he was a founding member of both the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Crosby joined the Byrds in 1964. They had their first number-one hit in April 1965 with a cover of “Mr. Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan. Crosby appeared on the Byrds’ first five albums and produced the original lineup’s 1973 reunion album. He subsequently formed Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1968 with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.
The Byrds’ “Lady Friend,” “Everybody’s Been Burned,” “Why,” and “Eight Miles High,” as well as Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Guinnevere,” “Wooden Ships,” “Shadow Captain,” and “In My Dreams,” are among the songs he co-wrote or co-wrote.
For the 1970 album of the same name by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, he contributed the songs “Almost Cut My Hair” and “Déjà Vu.” His use of unconventional guitar tunings and jazz influences are well known. He put out six solo albums, five of which reached the charts.
Along with his son James Raymond and guitarist Jeff Pevar, he also founded CPR, a trio with jazz influences. Over 35 million records featuring Crosby, the Byrds, and CSNY have been sold.
David A Grammy Winner
After the release of their debut album, CSN won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1969. Neil Young joined the group for live appearances, their second concert being Woodstock, before recording their second album Déjà Vu. Meant to be a group that could collaborate freely, Crosby and Nash recorded three gold albums in the 1970s, while the core trio of CSN remained active from 1976 until 2016. CSNY reunions took place in each decade from the 1970s through the 2000s.
Health and death
Crosby was the recipient of a highly publicized liver transplant in 1994, which was paid for by Phil Collins. News of his transplant created some controversy because of his celebrity status and his past problems with drug and alcohol addiction.
Crosby’s liver problems stemmed from a long run with hepatitis Crosby suffered from Type 2 diabetes and was treated with insulin to manage the disease. At a concert in October 2008, Crosby, looking much thinner than in recent years, announced to the audience that he had recently shed 55 pounds (25 kg) as a result of his struggles with the disease.
In February 2014, at the urging of his doctor, Crosby postponed the final dates of his solo tour to undergo a cardiac catheterization and angiogram, based on the results of a routine cardiac stress test.
Too Old to Perform a Live
In 2022 Crosby announced he was “too old” to continue performing live, revealing: “I’m too old to do it anymore. I don’t have the stamina; I don’t have the strength.”
Though he later suggested he’d be open to returning to the stage in the future, his focus was on recording music, which he was doing at a “startling rate”. In a sad twist, Crosby also said at the time, “Now I’m 80 years old, so I’m gonna die fairly soon. That’s how that works.
Tributes Posted on Social Media
In a tribute shared on Instagram, Crosby’s former bandmate Graham Nash wrote of his “profound sadness” to hear the news.
“I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together,” Nash wrote. “He leaves behind a tremendous void.”
In a statement to Billboard, Stephen Stills wrote: “David and I butted heads a lot over time, but they were mostly glancing blows, yet still left us [with] numb skulls. I was happy to be at peace with him. He was without question a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius … I am deeply saddened at his passing and shall miss him beyond measure.”
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys wrote that he was “heartbroken” and “at a loss for words”.
One of his recent tweets on January 18 was about the afterlife. In classic, quirky Crosby fashion, the musician shared a screenshot showing a Google search that read “Can we go to heaven with tattoos.”
The top answer read, “People with tattoos will not go to heaven. People who drink alcohol will not go to heaven. People who eat too much pork will also not go to heaven. Short people will not go to heaven.”
To this, Crosby simply wrote, “I heard the place is overrated….cloudy.”
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