The Doors and Graham Nash lead tributes to legendary rock musician David Crosby

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Tributes have poured in for the late great David Crosby after his death was announced Thursday (Jan. 19).

The rock and roll legend died at the age of 81 after “a long illness”, his widow Jan Dance announced.

The musician was a founding member of the hugely popular 1960s groups, the Byrds and Crosby, as well as Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Crosby’s former bandmates Stephen Stills and Graham Nash were among the first to pay tribute to the artist.

“It is with a deep and profound sadness that I have learned that my friend David Crosby has passed away,” Nash wrote on Facebook. I know people tend to focus on how fleeting our relationship has been at times, but what has always been more important to David and me than anything was the sheer joy of the music we made together, the sound that we discovered together and the deep friendship we shared over all those many long years.

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He continued: “David was fearless in life and in music. He leaves a huge void of pure personality and talent in this world. He expressed his mind, his heart and his passion through his beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy. These are the things that matter most. My heart is truly with his wife, Jan, his son, Django, and all the people he touched in this world.”

Meanwhile, in a statement shared with TBENStills said: “I read a quote in this morning’s paper that is attributed to composing [sic] Gustav Mahler, that stopped me for a moment: “Death has entered the room on calm cat’s feet.”

“I should have known something was up. David and I bumped a lot of heads over time, but they were mostly fleeting blows, but still left us with stunned skulls. I was happy to be at peace with him. He was without a doubt a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius. The glue that held us together as our song floated, like Icarus, toward the sun. I am deeply saddened by his passing and will miss him immensely.”

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Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys, reacted to the news on Twitter, writing: “I don’t know what to say other than I’m heartbroken to hear about David Crosby. 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.”

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The Doors’ official Twitter account also shared a statement saying, “The world has lost yet another ethereal part of the ’60s peace and love movement; a legend in his own right, and every group he was a part of. David Crosby emerged in the same era as The Doors and had the voice and songwriting abilities that made him completely unique.

“Condolences to his family, friends and fans.”

Christina Applegate shared how she plans to honor the late musician: “Tonight at 7pm PST my friends and neighborhood will cry then destroy CSN [Crosby, Stills & Nash] to honor this beautiful soul and legend. If you do this please send me videos RIP David Crosby!! We love you.”

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Singer Melissa Etheridge also paid tribute. Crosby acted as a sperm donor for Etheridge and her former partner Julie Cypher and was therefore the biological father of her two children – Bailey and Beckett (died 2020).

“I am mourning 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.”

Crosby was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of the Byrds in 1991 and secondly for his work with Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997.

He is survived by his widow, Dance, and four children.

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