David Crosby, US rock legend and singer with Crosby Stills and Nash, dies

David Crosby, US rock legend and singer with the iconic folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash, has died.

He was 81.

His wife Jan Dance confirmed to Variety that the singer had died after "a long illness."

"His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music," the statement said.

"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."

"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," her statement ended.

Crosby was a founding member of two of the biggest bands of the 1960s - The Byrds, and Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN). The Byrds' first hit was a cover of Bob Dylan's 'Tambourine Man.'

He was twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once for his work in The Byrds and again for his work with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

He was fired from The Byrds in 1967, and from there he formed the iconic supergroup CSN, performing their first gig at 1969's Woodstock festival. The band was later joined by Neil Young, becoming Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

The Beach Boys singer Brian Wilson led tributes online, sharing on Twitter he was "heartbroken" at the news. He called the fellow icon an "unbelievable talent" and a "wonderful person".