Rock legend David Crosby posted an eerily timed joke about heaven the day before he passed away from a prolonged illness.
Crosby wrote that he heard that heaven is “overrated” and “cloudy” in response to a screenshot of a Google search that asked, “Can we go to heaven with tattoos?”
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Since he had been so ill for so long, perhaps the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash co-founder was pondering the afterlife at 81 years old. Regardless, he made a joke of it and it was one of the last things he did in this life.
The results of that Google search appeared to read, “People with tattoos will not go to heaven. People who drink alcohol will not go to heaven. People who eat too much pork will also not go to heaven. Short people will not go to heaven.”
On Wednesday, Crosby also replied to a tweet asking what the best Beatles song was for a rainy day. He responded, “Rigby.”
Crosby, Stills & Nash member Graham Nash issued a statement to Fox News that expressed his grief over his friend’s passing.
“It is with profound sadness that I learned that my friend David Crosby has passed,” he said. “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.”
I heard the place is overrated….cloudy https://t.co/Bpl7pM9k7s
— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) January 18, 2023
— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) January 18, 2023
“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. My heart is truly with his wife, Jan, his son, Django, and all of the people he has touched in this world,” Nash commented.
Stephen Stills also praised his former bandmate:
“I read a quote in this morning’s paper attributed to compose Gustav Mahler that stopped me for a moment: ‘Death has, on placid cat’s paws, entered the room.’ I shoulda known something was up. 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.”
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. 2/3
— Stephen Stills Official (@Stephen__Stills) January 20, 2023
Crosby leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Jan Dance.
She gave a statement to Variety announcing her husband’s passing, “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,” his wife stated.
Crosby was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice, once in 1991 as a member of The Byrds and then in 1997 as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
At one time, Crosby was addicted to cocaine and heroin. He also had a number of stents in his heart. He kicked his addiction in 1985 and 1986 during a year’s prison stretch in Texas on drug and weapons charges. The conviction eventually was overturned.
He underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after decades of drug use and survived diabetes, hepatitis C and heart surgery in his 70s, according to the Associated Press.
In 2000, singer Melissa Etheridge revealed that Crosby was the father of the two children she shared with then-partner Julie Cypher. Cypher carried the children Crosby fathered by artificial insemination, Etheridge told Rolling Stone in an interview. One of their sons, Beckett, died in 2020.
Crosby didn’t help in raising her children but said, “If, you know, in due time, at a distance, they’re proud of who their genetic dad is, that’s great.”
“I am grieving the loss of my friend, and Bailey’s and Beckett’s biological father, David,” Etheridge wrote. “He gave me the gift of family. I will forever be grateful to him, [son] Django, and [wife] Jan. His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A true treasure.”
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Despite his vitriol aimed especially at conservatives, condolences rolled in for the legend’s passing:
Rest In Peace David Crosby❤️ Thank you for the most beautiful music and harmonies that so deeply touch my heart and soul. Sending my deepest condolences to David’s family and loved ones.
— Maureen McCormick (@MoMcCormick7) January 20, 2023
I can't begin to say how influential Crosby, Stills and Nash were for me. I'm grateful David Crosby lived, and so very sad he's gone.
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) January 19, 2023
I don’t know what to say other than I’m heartbroken to hear about David Crosby. David was an unbelievable talent – such a great singer and songwriter. And a wonderful person. I just am at a loss for words. Love & Mercy to David’s family and friends. Love, Brian pic.twitter.com/Hjht7LeGiv
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) January 19, 2023
RIP my friend, David Crosby pic.twitter.com/HQ7jWwDAQ8
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) January 20, 2023
"Missing you already, Croz. Love to Jan…" ~ James
— James Taylor (@JamesTaylor_com) January 20, 2023
Tom counted David Crosby as a friend and a hero. He visited often at his house in the valley. He was funny, provocative and electric with talent. His contribution to music will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and love to his family, bandmates and fans. pic.twitter.com/JsUOj2xT5R
— Tom Petty (@tompetty) January 19, 2023
So sad to hear the news about David Crosby. He was a friend. His contribution to American music will live on.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) January 20, 2023
1/5 Hi friends, David Crosby meant so much to me. Those first four Byrds albums helped shape who I am as a musician. I heard “Mr Tambourine Man” on the radio, and immediately traded my Gibson ES 335 for a Rickenbacker electric 12-string. pic.twitter.com/8Cf7K10ZIZ
— REO Speedwagon (@kcreospeedwagon) January 20, 2023
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