An outpouring of love and reverence hit social media when news broke that The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash founder David Crosby had died at the age of 81.
Memories poured in from Crosby’s peers, including bandmate and one-time adversary Graham Nash, with whom he formed CSN in 1968.
“It is with deep and profound sadness that I learned of the passing of my friend David Crosby,” Nash wrote on Facebook. “I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always meant more to David and me than anything else was the sheer joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with each other, and deep friendship we shared over all these many long years. David was fearless in life and in music. He leaves a huge void in terms of 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. Those are the things that matter most. My heart truly goes out to his wife, Jan, his son, Django, and all the people he has touched this world.”
Crosby was also remembered by Melissa Etheridge, who asked the folk-rocker to be the biological father of her children in the 90s. “I mourn the loss of my friend [and] Beckett and Bailey’s biological father, David,” Etheridge wrote on Instagram. “He gave me the gift of family. I will be forever grateful to him, [son] Django, and [wife] Jan. His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A true treasure.”
Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, Jason Isbell, Rosanne Cash, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Lalah Hathaway and more famous friends and fans pay tribute to Crosby below: