David Crosby 'died his sleep amid Covid battle', bandmate Graham Nash says

David Crosby died in his sleep after battling Covid, it has been claimed.

The musician, who co-founded groups The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, died in January at the age of 81.

At the time, his wife Jan Dance confirmed the news in a statement, explaining that he died after ‘a long illness’.

In a new interview, former bandmate and close friend Graham Nash has revealed that he went to sleep and ‘never woke up’.

Appearing on the Kyle Meredith With… podcast, the singer-songwriter, 81, reflected on his loss, telling the host: ‘He was rehearsing for a show to do in Los Angeles with a full band. After three days of rehearsals, he felt a little sick.

‘He’d already had Covid, and he had Covid again. So he went home and decided that he would take a nap, and he never woke up.

‘But he died in his bed and that is fantastic.’

‘He had a good life. What incredible music he made, he was a fantastic storyteller, I loved him dearly,’ Nash added. ‘The fact that he made it to 81 was astonishing.

‘But it [his death] was a shock. It was like an earthquake. You get the initial shock and then you figure out that you survived.

‘But these aftershocks kept coming up, and they’re diminishing in size as I go along.’ 

LA native Crosby came to fame in 1964 when he co-founded rock band The Byrds – with the group hitting the top spot the following year thanks to their cover of Bob Dylan’s Mr Tambourine Man.

Following increasing tensions within the band, he eventually broke off in 1967, and went on to form supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) alongside Nash, Stephen Stills, and later Neil Young.

They were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, while Crosby was also honored in 1991 for his work with The Byrds.

As well as this, he went on to carve out a successful solo career with six albums to his name.

Crosby’s wife revealed the news of his death at the beginning of the year, sharing a statement with Variety, which read: ‘It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away.

‘He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django.’

‘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.

‘Peace, love, and harmony to all who knew David and those he touched. We will miss him dearly. At this time, we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to deal with our profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.’

Crosby is survived by his wife and their son Django, as well as his son James Raymond and his two daughters, Erika and Donovan, from previous relationships.

Metro.co.uk has contacted the estate of David Crosby for a comment.

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