David Crosby Dies: Rockers React

The death of David Crosby has opened the floodgates to a wave of tributes and memories from his musical friends and admirers.

A founding member of boats Bryrd’s and Crosby, Stills and NashCrosby died at the age of 81 after battling an unknown illness.

One of the first to react to the sad news was Crosby’s longtime bandmate Graham Nash. Although the two have been largely alienated in recent yearsNash was quick to celebrate the good times they had together.

“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,” he wrote on Facebook. “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, heart and passion through his beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy. These are the things that matter most.”

“He gave me the gift of family,” tweeted Melissa Etheridge. The two musicians were longtime friends, and Crosby acted as a sperm donor for two of Etheridge’s children. “I will forever be grateful to him, Django and Jan. His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A true treasure.”

Other peers and collaborators paying tribute to Crosby include David Gilmour, Jason Isbell and Brian Wilson. You can read their messages and many others below.

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