The music world and beyond are mourning the death of David Crosby.
Crosby, a founding member of the bands The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, died after “a long illness,” his wife announced Thursday. He turned 81.
Brian Wilson, singer, songwriter and co-founder of The Beach Boys, reacted to the news and shared a photo on Twitter of him and Crosby chatting at an event.
“I don’t know what else to say but my heart is broken to hear about David Crosby,” he wrote. David was an incredible talent – such a great singer and songwriter. And a great human being. I’m just at a loss for words. Love and mercy to David’s family and friends. Love, Brian.”
Melissa Etheridgewho previously confirmed that Crosby was the biological father of her two children – Bailey and Beckett (deceased in 2020) with ex-partner Julie Cypher via artificial insemination – also paid tribute to the late musician.
“I am grieving the loss of my friend Beckett and Bailey’s biological father, David,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the couple. “He gave me the gift of family. I will be forever grateful to him, Django and Jan. His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A real treasure.”
“Tonight at 7pm PST my friends and neighborhood will cry and then destroy CSN to honor this beautiful soul and legend. If you do this please send me videos RIP David Crosby!! We love you,” she wrote.
The doors too shared a post via their official Twitter page, which read, “The world has lost yet another ethereal fixture of the 1960s peace and love movement; a legend in its own right, and every group he was a part of. Emerging in the same era as The Doors, David Crosby had the voice and songwriting that made him completely unique…”
In a moving message, the band Home Free wished “the iconic David Crosby a safe passage to the other side.”
“We’ve always been inspired by his beautiful songwriting and will never finish unpacking the layers of his music,” the statement read, placed alongside their own rendition of Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Helplessly Hoping.”
Actor and rock singer Michael Des Barres praised Crosby as someone who “stuck to his guns” and also as “a difficult and gifted man. Whose talent and taste were immense”.
Des Barres continued, “His harmonious voice still echoes in Laurel Canyon. A proud man who said what he said and felt what he felt without apology. A brilliant songwriter and an American icon, RIP.”
Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash wrote, “I can’t say how influential Crosby, Stills and Nash were to me. I am thankful that David Crosby livedand so sad that he’s gone.”
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Danny Deraney, an Emmy-winning publicist who previously worked with Crosby, also paid tribute with a classic video of Crosby singing “Long Time Gone,” a hit song released by Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1969.
“Sometimes I pinch myself when I look back at the people I worked with and admired as a child. I have mentioned David Crosby on several occasions. He was his own man. He can be grumpy, he can be a pussycat. That was Cross. About as real as you can get,” Deraney tweeted.
Crosby’s wife announced his death in a statement Variety on Thursday.
“It is with great sadness after a long illness that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby passed away,” she said. “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 live on through his legendary music.”
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She concluded: “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 cope with our deep loss Thank you for the love and prayers.”