David Crosby has passed away at the age of 81, it has been confirmed.
The musician, who was part of The Byrds’ original line-up and went on to form the legendary band Crosby, Stills & Nash with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, died after a “protracted illness,” his family said in a statement.
Crosby was known for his music, but also made headlines in 2000 when he opened up during an interview on Larry KingLive about being a sperm donor for his girlfriend and fellow musician Melissa Etheridge.
News Week has everything you need to know about Crosby fathering the children of Etheridge.
David Crosby and Melissa Etheridge’s Kids
Crosby acted as a sperm donor for Etheridge and her ex-partner Julie Cypher.
The star’s donation gave the former couple their two children; daughter Bailey and deceased son Beckett.
Speaking Larry KingLive in 2000, Crosby told the host, “I don’t really think people should think this is such a big deal. Now I don’t mean to take it lightly — anything but. I think it’s a great thing, but I think people probably earning more from it than they should.”
What Melissa said about David’s death
Following the news of Crosby’s death, Etheridge took to Instagram to mourn her children’s biological father.
She posted a picture of her and Crosby sitting on a couch together, Crosby holding a guitar.
In the emotional caption, Etheridge wrote, “I am mourning the loss of my friend and Bailey and Beckett’s biological father, David. He gave me the gift of family. I will be forever grateful to him, Django and Jan. His music and legacy will inspire many future generations. A true treasure.”
The caption refers to Crosby’s widow Jan Dance, who confirmed her husband’s death in a statement released to Varietywhich read: “It is with great sadness after a long illness that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby passed away. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soul mate Jan and son Django.
Although he is no longer here 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 those he touched.
“We will miss him dearly. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we mourn and try to cope with our deep loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.”
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