David Crosby dies at 81

David Crosby dies aged 81


American rocker David Crosby, co-founder of the Byrds before joining the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, died at the age of 81, specialized American media announced Thursday. 

The newspaper Variety was the first to give the death of the musician so influential for the rock and folk of the 1960s-70s, quoting a statement from his wife Jan Dance, who spoke of a “long illness”.

Rolling Stone magazine confirmed the news on the strength of a source close to the artist.

According to his wife's press release quoted by Variety, Crosby died surrounded by his wife and son Django, but the exact date is not known.

“Although he is no longer with us, his humanity and good soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music, ”it is written.

As Variety notes, the announcement of David Crosby's death is rather a surprise, because his Twitter account was still active on Wednesday.

Crosby was born in California on August 14, 1941, to parents descended from prominent New York families, with a stay-at-home mother and a father in the cinema, crowned with an Oscar from the best photography.

Before he was 25, he was one of the founders of The Byrds, a group mixing rock from England with traditional American folk. 

“ I don't know what else to say: heartbroken,” Beach Boys' Brian Wilson wrote on Twitter.