David Crosby’s friend and former bandmate, Graham Nash, revealed that the 81-year-old musician who passed away in January died after contracting Covid-19 for the second time.

Sources had previously mentioned that Crosby’s death was due to a “long illness,” but no other information had been provided until Nash disclosed the details surrounding his death on a Kyle Meredith With… podcast episode on Friday.

“He was rehearsing for a show to do in Los Angeles with a full band,” Nash explained. “After three days of rehearsals, he felt a little sick. And he’d already had Covid and he had Covid again. And 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.”

Nash admitted that while he was astonished that Crosby made it to 81 in the first place, his death was still “a shock.” “It was kind of like an earthquake, you know? 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.”


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But Crosby and Nash had many ups and downs in their life-long friendship. In a 2021 interview with The Guardian, Crosby revealed that they had not “talked for a couple of years” and that he had no plans to get in touch again. “I’m not going to talk to him. I don’t want to talk to him. I’m not happy with him at all. To me, that’s all ancient history, man.”

“Graham just changed from the guy I thought was my best friend to being a guy that is definitely my enemy, so I don’t see any future there at all,” Crosby further elaborated.

Despite their strained relationship, Nash took to social media to post a touching tribute upon hearing about Crosby’s death. “It is with a deep and profound sadness that I learned that my friend David Crosby has passed,” Nash wrote. “I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with one another, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many long years.”

“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. These are the things that matter most,” Nash wrote paying homage to the musical legend. “My heart is truly with his wife, Jan, his son, Django, and all of the people he has touched in this world.”

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