Singer-songwriter David Crosby died at the age of 81 on Thursday with an estimated net worth in the millions.
The late musician had a net worth of around $10 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
His death followed a long illness, his wife, Jan Dance, said in a statement.
“It is with great sadness that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby passed away after a long illness. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django,” said the statement obtained by Variety.
He continued: “Although he is no longer with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will live on through his legendary music. Those he touched. We will miss him very much. At this time, we respectfully and kindly request privacy as we grieve and try to come to terms with our profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.”
DAVID CROSBY, ORIGINAL MEMBER OF THE BYRDS, CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, DEAD AT 81
Crosby was one of the founders of the band The Byrds and later co-founders of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Crosby helped form The Byrds in 1967, singing hits such as “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn, Turn, Turn,” before leaving in 1967 due to differences with the other members of the band.
He co-founded the rock supergroup “Crosby, Stills and Nash” with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash in 1968 and their first self-titled album went multi-platinum, selling more than 4 million copies with the first LP. Neil Young later joined the group.
The group broke up and reunited at various times over the years but continued to perform together until they broke up for good in 2015 when Nash told Billboard that he no longer wanted to play with the band. no longer because of the tension with Crosby.
“There will never be another Crosby, Stills and Nash record or show,” he said at the time. “Right now, I don’t want anything to do with Crosby at all. It’s just that simple. I’ve been letting Crosby be who he is. I’ve let people play their hand in front of me, and I let him do it and then. I make a decision.”
Crosby was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice: first in 1991 as a member of The Byrds and then in 1997 for Crosby, Stills & Nash.
It continued to operate until last year.
In 2020, Crosby told GQ that he was worried that the coronavirus pandemic could put him in “deep financial trouble”.
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“You know they don’t pay us for records anymore, right? So we have to go on tour. It’s the only thing we can do to make any money. And it’s terrible lose it. — I might lose my house. I don’t know what I’ll do about it, but try to roll with the punches and carry on. Frankly, if I miss the tours, I’ll probably lose my House.”
In a recent tweet, Crosby also expressed his frustration with how streaming platforms like Spotify operate but said he needed his catalog for financial reasons.
“Please try to understand that I am against Spotify very loud and clear BECAUSE THEY DON’T PAY THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THE MUSIC AND THEY ARE GETTING RICH FROM IT,” he tweeted. “I didn’t want my music up there … I’m ashamed to say it but I need the money.”
In 2019, he told Collider, “The three major record companies are making, I’m told, $19 million a day, from streaming, and the artists are dying. It’s like you did your gig for a month , and they paid you a nickel. They’re paying you, but not enough to live on. It’s not right.”
In 2021, Crosby sold his music catalog to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group, which enabled him to pay for his ranch in Santa Ynez, California.
“That wasn’t something I wanted to do, but when I got that deal done with Irving it was possible for me to worry about the money,” he told Rolling Stone that year. “We were very worried that we would lose [the house]. I couldn’t work live, and I couldn’t make money on records. That deal made a difference for us. It helped a lot.”
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The music legend also ran into financial trouble in 2015, after being sued for a pedestrian who hit his car. He settled for $3 million, according to reports.
Last year, he said he would no longer be able to perform live.
“I’m too old to do it anymore,” he said, according to Variety. “I don’t have the stamina; I don’t have the strength. I’m making records at an alarming rate. … Now I’m 80 years old so I’m going to die pretty soon. That’s how that works. And so I’m trying really hard to crank out as much music as I can, as long as it’s really good … I’ve already got another one in the can.”