David Crosby dies: Graham Nash, Stephen Stills pay tribute

David Crosby dies: Graham Nash, Stephen Stills pay tribute

The music world came together Thursday to mourn the death of singer David Crosby — best known for his work with the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young — at the age of 81.

Among those paying tribute on social media was Graham Nash, who was part of the rock quartet with Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young. In an Instagram post, Nash shared the news of his longtime bandmate’s death and reflected on their friendship over the years.

“I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but the most important thing for David and I has always been the joy of the music we created together, the sound that we found with each other, and the deep friendship we shared over all those many years,” Nash wrote. The guitarist shared a vintage photo of his guitar case next to another bearing Crosby’s name.

Nash continued: “David was fearless in life and in music. He leaves behind a huge void in terms of 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 most important things.”

The “Better Days” singer ended his post by sending love to Crosby’s family and “all the people he touched in this life.”

Stephen Stills praised Crosby in a Twitter thread shared Thursday evening. In his tweets, Stills said of Crosby that he was “happy to be at peace with him,” despite past conflicts.

“He was undoubtedly a musical giant, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius,” he wrote. “The glue that held us together as our voice rose high, like Icarus, towards the sun.”

He continued: “I am very saddened by his passing and will miss him.”

Among those speaking on Thursday were Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson and singer Rosanne Cash, daughter of country legend Johnny Cash.

Wilson tweet a photo of himself and Crosby smiled and reflected on the loss of the singer.

“I don’t know what to say except that I am heartbroken to hear about David Crosby,” he wrote. “David was an incredible talent – a great singer and songwriter. And a wonderful person. I’m just at a loss for words. Love and Mercy to David’s family and friends.”

“I can’t begin to say how influential Crosby, Stills and Nash were to me,” Cash said her Twitter post. “I’m thankful that David Crosby lived, and so sad that he’s gone.”

Grammy winner Jason Isbell said on Twitter he was “grateful for the time we had with David Crosby.”

“We will miss him very much,” he wrote.

Texas singer Christopher Cross remembered his friend, who was “a big influence on me,” in an Instagram post.

“[Crosby] he left an indelible signature on music that has inspired many artists and will continue to do so forever,” he captioned a photo of him and the late singer on a boat. “Smooth sailing, my friend.”

Stevie Van Zandt of the E Street Band wrote on Twitter that Crosby – along with Bob Dylan the Beach Boys, The Who and more – helped create the “Art of Rock”.

“[They] show future generations what was possible,” he said. “We owe everything to him, and to them.”

Music Amoeba and longtime Los Angeles music incubator Whiskey a Go Go celebrated Crosby’s life on their social media accounts.

Also paying tribute on social media was the music program “Austin City Limits,” the Pumpkin Breaks’ Billy Corgan, The Avett brothers, The doorscomedian and podcast host Marc Maron and musician Jacob Collier

Actress Christina Applegate also remembered Crosby and shared how she decided to commemorate his life.

“Tonight at 7pm PST my friends and neighbors will mourn and then I will blast CSN to honor this beautiful soul and legend,” she wrote. “If you do this, send me videos RIP David Crosby!! We love you.”

See more tributes to Crosby below.

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