David Crosby, the legendary singer-songwriter of The Byrds, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young have passed away at the age of 81.

David Crosby, legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist for The Byrds, and iconic supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young passed away today, Thursday, January 19, at the age of 81.

“It is with great sadness after a long illness that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away. He was lovingly surrounded by wife and soul mate Jan and his son Django. Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and his caring soul will continue to guide and inspire us,” his wife, Jan Dance, said. Variety news outlet

She continued: “Her legacy will live on through her legendary music. Peace, love and harmony to all who knew David and those whom he touched. We will miss him very much. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to deal with our profound loss. Thanks for the love and prayers.”

The Byrds were co-founded in California in 1964 by David. Just 12 months later, they topped the music charts with ‘Mr Tambourine Man,’ a cover of the Bob Dylan song.

after joining springfield buffalo on stage in 1967 at the Monterrey Pop FestivalCrosby found himself thrown out of the Byrds.

Later he formed one of the first ‘supergroups’. Along with Graham Nash of The Hollies, Steven Stills of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills and Nash won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1968. Another music legend, Neil Younghe collaborated with the group on occasion.

“I don’t know what to say other than I’m heartbroken to hear about david crosby. David was an incredible talent, a great singer and songwriter. And a wonderful person. I am speechless. Love and Mercy to David’s family and friends. Love Brian,” Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson tweeted.

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