Guitarist and singer-songwriter David Crosby died last week at the age of 81. A founding member of The Byrds, he enjoyed success as a solo act and at the helm of Crosby, Stills & Nash, then Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young ; Crosby & Nash; and Crosby, Pevar & Raymond. He was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once as a member of The Byrds and once as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Outspoken in his politically progressive views, he questioned the official line on John F. Kennedy’s assassination, championed the cultivation of cannabis, and helped fellow artist Melissa Etheridge and her former partner Julie Cypher conceive two children (one of whom predeceased him). An avid sailor, Crosby purchased his schooner Maya after his departure from The Byrds.
While his family said in a statement that his death followed a long illness, it appeared sudden to friends and collaborators who had kept abreast of his plans for a new tour and album.