Music World Reacts To Death Of David Crosby
By Andrew Magnotta @AndrewMagnotta
January 20, 2023
David Crosby had lots of complicated relationships in his life, but his affair with music was steadfast.
Croz died Thursday at age 81 after battling an undisclosed illness. A two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Crosby's career spanned more than six decades and included a wealth of classic recordings.
While David struggled with numerous health issues over the final decade-plus of his life, he stayed busy with music, recording three new albums in the past three years.
David's longtime friend, singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, with whom he had two biological children, thanked him for "the gift of family. I will forever be grateful to him, Django, and Jan. His music and legacy will inspire many generation to come. A true treasure."
I am grieving the loss of my friend and Bailey’s biological father, David. He gave me the gift of family. I will forever be grateful to him, Django, and Jan. His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A true treasure. pic.twitter.com/1e0vbvd2SN— Melissa Etheridge (@metheridge) January 19, 2023
One of David's most important musical relationships was with his Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young bandmates.
Former bandmate Graham Nash was one of the first to issue a remembrance of David, despite their uneasy friendship.
"David was fearless in life and in music," Nash wrote. "He leaves behind a tremendous void as far as sheer personality and talent in this world. He spoke his mind, his heart, and his passion through his beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy. These are things that matter most."
Stephen Stills, who was on speaking terms with David at the time of his death, issued a statement that addressed their ups and downs over the years.
"I was happy to be at peace with him," Stills wrote. "He was without question a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius. The glue that held us together as our vocals soared, like Icarus, towards the sun. I am deeply saddened at his passing and shall miss him beyond measure."
"We had so many great times, especially in the early years. Crosby was a very supportive friend in my early life, as we bit off big pieces of our experience together. David was the catalyst of many things."
Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson added that he was "heartbroken" to hear the news.
"David was an unbelievable talent — such a great singer and songwriter. And a wonderful person."
I don’t know what to say other than I’m heartbroken to hear about David Crosby. David was an unbelievable talent - such a great singer and songwriter. And a wonderful person. I just am at a loss for words. Love & Mercy to David’s family and friends. Love, Brian pic.twitter.com/Hjht7LeGiv— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) January 19, 2023
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RIP David Crosby. I sang so many of his songs when BTO was a bar band. I thought he was a great songwriter and was amazed at how he survived his turbulent years and kept on making music. He will be missed by millions and his loved ones. #rip #davidcrosbyhttps://t.co/Ii7bBVWp3L— Randy Bachman (@RandysVinylTap) January 20, 2023
RIP David Crosby— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) January 19, 2023
Rest in peace David Crosby a very sad day wow. I loved his work. He had a great voice— Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) January 20, 2023