David Crosby Was More Than a Sperm Donor to Melissa Etheridge

Ashabi Azeez
Melissa Etheridge
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Music star Melissa Etheridge is saying goodbye to her good friend, David Crosby after the news of his death made headlines. The singer took to social media in the wake of his passing to thank him for "the gift of family."

Etheridge Mourns The Loss Of A Great Friend

The rock songstress took to her official Instagram page to share a throwback photo of herself and the late musician while expressing her grief. The star penned that she was grieving the loss of her friend and the biological father of her children. She wrote, "He gave me the gift of family. I will forever be grateful to him, Django, and Jan. His music and legacy will inspire many generations to come. A true treasure."

Crosby Was Etheridge's Sperm Donor

David Crosby
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Back in the late 90s, Crosby played a crucial role in helping Etheridge and her then-partner Julie Cypher become parents. The former couple welcomed two children Beckett and Bailey when they were together; Beckett sadly passed on in 2020 after battling opioid addiction.

Crosby Once Clarified That He Was More Than A Donor

Following Beckett's death, he took to social media to clarify a rumor that was circulating concerning his involvement in the late youngster's life. A media user had suggested the singer did not play any other part except being the donor for Cypher and Etheridge to which he replied, "Not True."

Crosby's Passing

David Crosby
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In a statement shared with Variety, Crosby's wife Jan Dance revealed that the Byrds and Crosby, Still & Nash co-founder battled a long illness before passing on. She shared that she and their son Django were by his side during his last moments. Dance wrote, "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."

His Final Social Media Appearance

Crosby who passed away at 81, was quite active on social media up until Wednesday. His final tweet that day was a joke referencing heaven. He shared, 'I heard the place is overrated... cloudy."

Tributes Pour In For The Musician

His former CSNY partner, Graham Nash shared a tribute on social media referencing how they had been at loggerheads after the group split. Nash expressed his grief noting the demise of his fellow star. He went on to address how people often focus on their tumultuous relationship while relaying that Crosby always matters to him even more than the "pure joy of the music we created together."

Slowing Down From Music

Last year, Crosby announced that he was done with live performances. He had shared at the time that he was getting old and could not do it any longer. Crosby relayed that he did not have the strength or stamina. During his lifetime, the rock star and his defunct group owned the music scene acing a Grammy award with their debut album, and going further to rake in more achievements.