"His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A true treasure," Melissa Etheridge wrote.
David Crosby, the legendary rockstar, wrote in his song "music is love." This will be his legacy now after his death on January 18. It is a tough time for his loved ones. Melissa Etheridge is grieving the loss of Crosby, the father of two of her children, reported PEOPLE. As she posted on Instagram, "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," she continued. The Crosby, Stills & Nash singer was the sperm donor for Etheridge and her then-partner Julie Cypher's children, Bailey, 25, and Beckett, who died from opioid addiction in 2020.
Etheridge revealed in 2000 on CNN's Larry King Live that Crosby was the donor for her and Cypher's kids. Fans also joined in the comments to pay their condolences, "You're the first person I thought of when I heard of his passing because of the enormous conscious decision made have him father your son," a user named Nadine Badalaty wrote.
In 2020, when Beckett died, Crosby made a short statement in regard to a tweet that suggested he had no contact with Beckett. "Not true," he said, according to PEOPLE. Crosby's death was announced by his wife in a statement to Variety. "It is with great sadness after a long illness, that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away," she said.
She further wrote, "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." She concluded, "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."
David Crosby, Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash Co-Founder, Dies at 81https://t.co/s7sNXpN4Jn— Variety (@Variety) January 19, 2023
Condolences poured from everywhere, according to The Hollywood Reporter, singer Carole King remembered her “old friend,” writing on Instagram, "he left us with his words, his music, and his beautiful voice. My deepest condolences to Jan, Django, and everyone who loved David Crosby.” She added, “David Crosby’s music was definitely a part of my life as I’m sure it was for millions of folks,” Daredevil star Vincent D’Onofrio wrote. “A lot of music came from my 3 sisters' rooms when I was a pre-teen & all of it was my introduction to rock & the many variations Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young was ever present.”
In 2019, Crosby spoke to PEOPLE about the role of music and said, "It's the one contribution I can make," he said at the time. "See, it's dark out here now. The world is not a happy place. Music's a lifting force. Music makes things better."
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