By Tenzin Nyidon
DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 23: Legendary singer-songwriter-guitarist David Crosby’s publicist on Thursday confirmed that he passed away aged 81. His wife, Jan Dance, told Variety that the singer passed away following a long illness.
The rock legend considered himself a supporter of Tibet and a follower of the Dalai Lama. In an interview with Audacy in 2016, while referring to his single- ‘Time I Have’ said that the song released in 2014 references China’s treatment of Tibet. In the interview, he noted how China has tried its best to obliterate, wipe out and erase all memory of one of the finest, oldest and most beautiful cultures in the world. He subsequently added, “they have shelled monasteries, raped nuns and shot monks. They have been utterly ruthless. China will someday pay in some awful way for what they have done. It’s hideous what they did and what they are still doing.”
Australia based Grammy nominated Tibetan composer Tenzin Choegyal wrote on his social media handle, “Today the amazing human being and super heart-warming artist David Crosby, a dear friend of Tibet and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama departed for inward and onwards journey. On behalf of all Tibetan, I send my mountain full of heartfelt prayers to his loving family his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django. Thank you for always being there for Tibet. We will meet you in all forms of life and in your songs you have left for us.”
According to Rolling Stone, the vocalist and composer helped shape the sound of sixties rock and beyond. Much of Crosby’s works are known for his brutal honesty in abstract lyrics. His music was notoriously known for speaking his mind and heart- things that matter the most to him. Throughout his career, Crosby’s music chronicled different stories. His songs told stories about his personal life and his addiction to cocaine and heroin, and his time in prison followed by financial ruin in the 1970s and 1980s.
The rock legend who is also a founding member of the enormously influential 60’s folk rock band, The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (CSNY), with his former bandmates, delivered the 1965 classic hit “Turn! Turn! Turn!”. Eventually, he also went on to become the new best artist in the 1970 Grammys. Graham Nash, the former bandmate of CSNY in Twitter wrote, “David was fearless in life and music. He leaves behind a tremendous void as far as sheer personality and talent in the world.”