David Crosby, founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, dead at 81

David Crosby, a founding member of The Crosbys, a band that was formed in the late 1960s, has passed away. The guitarist and singer was 81.

 Stephen Stills stated "David and I butted heads a lot over time, but they were mostly glancing blows, yet still left us numb skulls ... I was happy to be at peace with him.

 He was without question a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius. The glue that held us together as our vocals soared, like Icarus, towards the sun. I am deeply saddened at his passing and shall miss him beyond measure."

The wife of Crosby, Jan Dance, shared an announcement with Variety this Thursday informing of his passing.

"It is with great sadness, following a long battle, the beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed to the grave. He was surrounded by his loving wife and his soulmate Jan as well as his son Django.

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's friend from the band, Graham Nash, also was vocal about the death of Crosby.

"It is with profound sadness that I learned that my friend David Crosby has passed," Nash stated to Fox News Digital in a statement.

"David was fearless in life and in music. 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. all of the people he has touched in this world."

Crosby was inducted first into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 as a member from The Byrds. He was inducted again a third time, in 1997 when he was an individual member of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

In the latter half of the 1960s, Crosby co-founded the rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash. The group was initially comprised of Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.