Cardiac catheterization and liver transplant: Inside late David Crosby's long history of health problems

Cardiac catheterization and liver transplant: Inside late David Crosby's long history of health problems
Rock legend David Crosby died at the age of 81 after a long illness (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Rock legend David Crosby died at the age of 81 after a long illness, his wife Jan Dance said in a statement. Crosby struggled with multiple health issues while he lived, and even underwent a highly publicized liver transplant in 1994. 

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News of Crosby's liver transplant, which was paid for by musician Phil Collins, created some controversy because of his past issues with drug and alcohol addiction. His liver problems stemmed from a long run with hepatitis C. "Phil Collins did help me enormously. I'm not going to get into the specifics about how; it's nobody else's business but mine and Phil's. But he did help me tremendously, and he is a dear friend," Crosby had said after the transplant, according to The Guardian

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The legendary singer also suffered from Type 2 diabetes and had to be given insulin to manage the disease. Looking significantly thin at a concert in October 2008, Crosby had told his audience that he had recently shed 55 pounds (25 kg) as a result of his struggles with the disease.

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Crosby postponed the final dates of his solo tour in February 2014 after his doctor urged him to. At the time, he underwent a cardiac catheterization and angiogram based on the results of a routine cardiac stress test. It has been revealed that he died after a long illness but the cause of his death has not been revealed yet. 

After Crosby's death, his widow Jan Dance said in a public statement, "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."

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“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. 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," the statement added. 

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