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Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin dies at the age of 76

Marty Balin passed away at the age of 76 on Thursday.

Balin, who is survived by his wife and children, was the guitarist and lead vocalist of Jefferson Airplane – the iconic rock band founded in 1965.  

‘We have lost a true legend,’ the remaining band members wrote of the White Rabbit artist on Instagram.  

Rest in peace: Marty Balin passed away at the age of 76-years-old on Thursday. Balin, who is survived by his wife and children, was the guitarist and lead vocalist of Jefferson Airplane—a rock band founded in 1965 (Photo taken 2015)

‘Marty Balin helped start a revolution that still lives on today. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and music fans everywhere.’ 

Marty was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame back in 1996. 

The band later received the Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award in 2016. 

Jefferson Airplane was best known for their hit singles Wooden Ships and Somebody To Love.

'We have lost a true legend,' the remaining band members wrote on Instagram. 'Marty Balin helped start a revolution that still lives on today. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and music fans everywhere' 

‘We have lost a true legend,’ the remaining band members wrote on Instagram. ‘Marty Balin helped start a revolution that still lives on today. He will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and music fans everywhere’ 

Throwback: Jefferson Airplane was best known for their hit singles White Rabbit and Somebody To Love (Photo taken 1992) 

Throwback: Jefferson Airplane was best known for their hit singles White Rabbit and Somebody To Love (Photo taken 1992) 

Balin was unable to attend the Grammy’s with his bandmates in 2016 due to open-heart surgery.

The songwriter later sued New York’s Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital for medical malpractice. 

Marty’s cause of death has yet to be released. 

Health issues: Marty underwent open-heart surgery in 2016, but his cause of death has yet to be disclosed  (Photo taken 2015)

Health issues: Marty underwent open-heart surgery in 2016, but his cause of death has yet to be disclosed  (Photo taken 2015)

Balin, according to Variety, died with his wife, Susan Joy Balin, by his side. 

‘Marty and I shared the deepest of love — he often called it Nirvana — and it was,’ Susan said in a statement. ‘But really, we were all touched by his love. His presence will be within my entire being forever.’   

Marty was formerly married to Karen Deal from 1989 until her passing 2010. 

The couple shared two daughters—Jennifer and Delaney Balin.

Saying goodbye: Balin, according to Variety, died with his wife, Susan Joy Balin, by his side (Photo taken 2016)

Saying goodbye: Balin, according to Variety, died with his wife, Susan Joy Balin, by his side (Photo taken 2016)

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