American singer and guitarist David Crosby has died at the age of 81.
One of the most influential rock singers of the 1960s and 70s, Crosby co-founded two influential bands – The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of both groups.
In a statement to Variety, Crosby’s wife Jane said: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby passed away after a long illness. Lovingly surrounded by wife and soul mate Jane and son Django.
“While he is no longer with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will live on through his legendary music.
“Peace, love and harmony to all who knew David and who he came into contact with.
“He will be missed terribly. We respectfully and kindly ask for privacy at this time as we grieve and grapple with our deep loss. Thank you for your love and prayers.”
Crosby was born in Los Angeles in 1941, the son of Oscar-winning cinematographer Floyd Crosby.
He dropped out of college to pursue a recording contract, initially with soul and folk singer Terry Callier, who went on to find success in the music field.
While spending time with Callier in New York, Crosby spent time with his future The Byrds bandmates Roger McGinn, Gene Clark, Michael Clarke and Chris Hillman.
The band enjoyed great success with their cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine”, which topped the UK and US singles charts in 1965.
He also co-wrote the hit song “Eight Mile High”.
After splitting from the Byrds in 1967, Crosby joined Stephen Stills and Graham Nash in the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The band achieved success with their 1969 album Crosby Stills and Nash and singles including Guinnevere.
They were later joined by Neil Young as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and had a US #1 album with Deja Vu.