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Musician Pegi Young, Neil Young’s former wife, has died aged 66

Pegi Young, a musician and former wife of Neil Young, has died at the age of 66.

It has been confirmed that Young passed away on January 1st following a year-long battle with cancer. “With great sadness, we confirm that on January 1st, after a yearlong battle with cancer, Pegi Young – mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, musician, activist and co-founder of the Bridge School – passed away surrounded by her friends and family in her native California,” the statement read.

“We request that the families’ privacy be respected at this time.”

Young, who once sang as a backing singer on Neil Young’s tours, eventually released her debut solo record in 2007. However, it is her work with the ‘ Bridge School’ that will arguably her lasting legacy. Inspired by her son Ben who was born with cerebral palsy, she and Neil Young founded the institution in 1986 in order to offer much-needed help to children with physical and speech impairments. 

She’s survived by the children she had with Neil Young, Ben and Amber.