David Crosby was 81 years old when he passed away on January 18, 2023. He was among the most recognizable figures in rock and had a career spanning more than 60 years. Crosby even released a celebrated solo album in 2021, much to the delight of his hundreds of thousands of fans around the world. In fact, Crosby stayed relevant right up until his death thanks in part to his unvarnished presence on Twitter. His tweets were sometimes scathing, sometimes hilarious — and one of his final messages was particularly fitting.
Tweeting until the end
Avid fans of Crosby were shocked at the musician's passing because he had tweeted multiple times the day he died. Most of his messages left no hint, even in hindsight, that the end was near. But then Crosby's wife, Jan Dance, revealed that the star had been suffering from "a long illness" and died "lovingly surrounded by his wife" and son. "His humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us," Jan said in a statement.
A life less ordinary
Twitter became the place where Crosby’s fans and loved ones gathered to send their tributes. “He spoke his mind, his heart, and his passion through his beautiful music and leaves an incredible legacy,” wrote longtime collaborator Graham Nash. “He was without question a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius,” said Stephen Stills. Yet some fans were more interested in what Crosby himself had written in the days before his death.
Finding meaning in the messages
They may have at first been disappointed to learn that Crosby’s very last tweet had actually been a retweet. It seems that, on the day he died, the acclaimed musician had been taken with news of Greta Thunberg's arrest in Germany. He retweeted a video of the young activist and called her "brave" in a separate tweet. But earlier in the day, Crosby had sent a message that later made some fans lose it.
Talking of heaven
On January 18 Crosby commented on a tweet from a friend. The original tweet was a joke about a post on the internet claiming that short people who have tattoos, eat too much pork, and drink will not be allowed into heaven. But it was Crosby’s take on this statement that — using his famously dry brand of wit — got people talking.