Graham Nash Says David Crosby Died During Bout of COVID-19

Crosby died in January "after a long illness"

Photo: Graham Nash by Amy Grantham (right)

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Apr 10, 2023

After revealing that his former bandmate planned on apologizing regarding his well-documented beef before he died, Graham Nash has given some further reflection on the death of David Crosby — which he says happened while the singer-songwriter was in the midst of a bout of COVID-19.

On a recent episode of the Kyle Meredith With... podcast promoting his first new album in seven years, Nash said that Crosby had contracted the virus shortly before he passed away in January.

"He was rehearsing for a show to do in Los Angeles with a full band," Nash remembered. "After three days of rehearsals, he felt a little sick. And he'd already had COVID, and he had COVID again."
Nash continued, "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."

In the statement given by his wife Jan Dance on behalf of the late musician's family, it was said that Crosby died "after a long illness." He had coped with many health issues over the years, having undergone a liver transplant in 1994.

However, as collaborator Steve Postell revealed after his death, Crosby was working on a new album and touring plans until his dying day. "He was a weakened guy from a lot of different preexisting conditions, and everyone knew it — he talked about it in his documentary [2019's David Crosby: Remember My Name] — but he was not dying," Postell told Variety. "We were rehearsing. We were going out to dinner."

Nash added, "I mean, the fact that he made it to 81 was astonishing. But [his death] was a shock. It was kind of like an earthquake, you know? You get the initial shock, and then you've figured out that you survived. But these aftershocks kept coming up, and they're diminishing in size as I go along, and I'm very pleased that David and I were getting closer toward the end."

Watch Nash's interview in full below.


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