David Crosby, the legendary singer-songwriter and founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has died, a source close to the musician confirmed Thursday. He was 81.
The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee died after a long illness, his wife said in a statement to Variety.
“He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django,” she told the outlet. “Although he is no longer here with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music.”
In a Facebook post, former bandmate Graham Nash recalled the focus on their sometimes-volatile relationship — Crosby lashed out at him publicly as recently as two years ago in an interview with the Guardian — but said that the “pure joy” of making music with Crosby was what mattered most.
“David was fearless in life and in music,” Nash said. “He leaves behind a tremendous void as far as 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. These are the things that matter most.”
Crosby, who was born in Los Angeles, joined the Byrds in 1964, scoring their first hit with Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man.”
Crosby, Stills & Nash — later known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young when joined by musician Neil Young — were founded the following year and released a series of hits with “Marrakesh Express,” “Just a Song Before I Go,” “Woodstock” and others.
The band’s album, “Looking Forward,” was released in 1999.
In last month’s interview, he said that he was no longer touring because of tendonitis in both hands.
This story first appeared on NBCNews.com.