Legendary rock singer David Crosby has died at the age of 81. A few months before his death, he quit his live performance by saying, “I have no power.”

David Crosby in LA, July 2019.

David Crosby performing in Los Angeles in July 2019.Scott Dudelson/Getty Contributor

  • Singer-songwriter David Crosby died Thursday at the age of 81.

  • Crosby co-founded two iconic bands of the 1960s: The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

  • Crosby was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, in 1991 and twice in 1997.

David Crosby, one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 1960s, has died at the age of 81, along with his wife. Verified Variety on Thursday.

The veteran rocker co-founded two of the biggest bands of the 1960s: Byrds and Crosby and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

“His legacy lives on through his legendary music,” said his wife. statement for variety. ‚ÄúPeace, love and harmony to David and all he touched. We will miss him dearly. , Respectfully kindly asks for privacy. Love and prayers.”

Crosby was born in 1941 in Los Angeles, California, the son of Floyd Crosby, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer for the 1931 film Taboo, and Arif Van Cortlandt Whitehead, a salesman at Macy’s department store.

He joined the Byrds in 1964 and had his first hit with Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Crosby, Stills & Nash became Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young after Neil Young joined, and was founded the following year to produce ‘Marrakech Express’ and ‘Just a Song Before I Go’. , “Woodstock.”

Crosby’s success continued into the 1980s, but heavy drug use marred his career, and in 1985 he was sentenced to nine months in prison at Texas State Penitentiary.

“How I live and how Jimi [Hendrix] not janice [Joplin] No, all my other friends,’ he said. told Rolling Stone 2014, years after he put it away. “I don’t know why me, but I was lucky.”

Crosby continued to make and tour music for the next three decades, cementing his reputation as one of the most remarkable musicians of the 20th century. He announced that he will retire from touring in May 2022.

“I’m too old to do that,” he said told best classical band“No stamina, no strength”

Crosby was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame once with The Byrds in 1991 and twice with Crosby, Stills & Nash six years later.

He is survived by his wife Jean Dance, sons Django, sons James Raymond, and two daughters from a previous relationship, Erica and Donovan.

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