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David Crosby’s Net Worth: Earnings of the Rock Icon Explored

Unfortunately, the rock legend David Crosby has died. The musician most noted as a founding member of two popular and enormously influential ’60s rock units: Byrds and Crosby, and Stills & Nash passed away at the age of 81.

As of this moment, the cause behind the death of the rock legend has not been revealed publicly. Continue reading further to learn everything about the life of David Crosby including his music career and net worth.

What was the net worth of David Crosby?

Celebrity Net Worth estimates that the rock icon David Crosby had a net worth of $10 million at the time of his death. As per Parade, his net worth was affected by his health issues including hepatitis C, Type 2 diabetes, and substance abuse.

The media outlet has also reported that the famous singer and guitarist also dealt with some legal problems. In the year 2016, he had to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit filed against him. Around that time, David accidentally hit a jogger with his car. He also stated that his ability to earn money on tour was also affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

During a March 2020 interview with GQ, David said, “I’m sitting here waiting for them to cancel all my tours this summer and put me in deep financial trouble. You know they don’t pay us for records anymore, right? So touring is all we got. That’s really the only thing that we can do to make any money. And to lose it is just awful.”

Crosby went on to say, “I may—honest to God—I may lose my home. I don’t know what to do about it, except just try to roll with the punches and keep going. Truthfully, if I lose the tours, I probably will lose my home.”

Once live music opportunities popped up after the Covid-19 pandemic, David was still not able to earn much of a living performing. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said, “I keep going back and forth on that. I can’t do a bus tour anymore since I can’t sleep on them anymore; I’m just too old.”

The musician told the publication, “Also, my guitar playing is a real problem. I can still do it, but I’m down 20 percent from where I was at my best, and it’s deteriorating pretty steadily. If I play again, I’d have to bring another guitar player into the band.”

Did David Crosby make money by selling his music?

For those of you who are unaware, let us share with you, David sold his catalog to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group, in the year 2021. However, the terms and conditions of the sale were never disclosed.

While having a chat with Rolling Stone, Crosby spilled the beans on the deal and said, “That wasn’t a thing I wanted to do, but doing that deal with Irving made it possible for me to not worry about the money.”

The For What It’s Worth singer stated that the deal helped him to pay off his house, which was important to him and his family. He added, “That was really scary. We were really worried we were going to lose it. I couldn’t work live, and I couldn’t make any money doing records. That deal made a difference for us. It really helped a lot.”

How much money did David Crosby get for his publishing rights?

Over the years, David didn’t publicly talk about how much money he made for his publishing rights, the save that the sale enabled him to pay off his mortgage.

Did David Crosby make any income from streaming?

In a media interaction, Crosby revealed that he hardly made any money from music streams from his decades of work. That’s pretty shocking as in today’s time people are making big bucks from streaming.

During an interview with Collider, the I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better singer said, “The streaming companies are making billions of dollars. The numbers are right out there, in the public.”
Crosby told the media outlet, “The three main record companies are making, I was told, $19 million a day, off of streaming, and the artists are getting shafted. It’s as if you did your gig for a month, and they paid you a nickel. They’re paying you, but not enough to live. It isn’t right.”

Did Phil Collins pay for David Crosby’s liver transplant?

Over the years, a rumor has been surfacing on the internet which states that Phil Collins paid for the liver transplant of David Crosby that took place in the year 1994. And it turns out the rumor is true.

Back in the day, Phil Collins did indeed pay for the liver transplant of David Crosby. The two of them even worked on a hit song titled Hero together in the year 1993. As per various media outlets, the song was his first single on the Billboard charts since the year 1976.
A long-year battle with hepatitis C resulted in David’s damaged liver. Soon after, he needed a liver transplant in order to survive. He received the liver transplant in 1994, not long after doctors said he needed one to survive. The speed with which he got his new liver sparked some controversy.
Many organ recipients have to wait for years to get the life-changing news, meanwhile, David didn’t have to wait for a long time for his liver transplant. Some people even pondered if less risky recipients were skipped in favor of Crosby.
The musician put some light on the whole matter during an interview with The Guardian in 2014. At that time, David said, “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.”

Our love and prayers are with the close friends and entire family of the singer-songwriter-guitarist David Crosby during this tragic time. May the departed soul rest in peace. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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