Pegi Young, for 36 years the wife of musician Neil Young, died Jan. 1 after a year-long battle with cancer, according to a statement the family posted on Facebook.
Pegi had two children with the Crazy Horse leader, their son Ben and daughter Amber, and leaves her own musical legacy as well as one through several Young tunes.
A waitress in a restaurant when she met the musician, Neil wrote the song “Unknown Legend” about her, including the lyric “I used to order just to watch her float across the floor.”
But as The National ENQUIRER reported at the time, the pair split 2014, inspiring Pegi’s album Raw, which she likened to therapy in a Rolling Stone interview at the time.
“I kind of look at it as a soundtrack to the seven stages of grief,” she said. “The last song, that wonderful Don Henley song [“The Heart of the Matter”], talks about forgiveness. That’s really where it’s at, you know?”
The ceremony, with Stephen Stills from his Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young days in attendance, had insiders hoping the event would close the door on the chapter.
Bandmate David Crosby had once bitterly blasted Daryl for breaking up his Neil’s marriage, and the aging foursome has not performed together since 2013 — just months before Neil divorced Pegi and began dating Daryl!
“I happen to know that (Young) is hanging out with somebody that’s a purely poisonous predator now,” Crosby said at the time. “And that’s karma. He’s gonna get hurt. But I understand why it happened. I’m just sad about it. I’m always sad when I see love tossed in the gutter.”
Hannah’s reputation in the California music community preceded her, thanks to a stormy 10-year relationship with folk-rocker Jackson Browne.
In addition to her musical legacy, Pegi helped found The Bridge School for children with severe speech and physical impairments, and remained active in its fund-raising efforts.
The Young’s son Ben suffers from cerebral palsy, as does Young’s older son, Zeke, from his relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress.
Carrie died at age 58 on April 1, 2004 in Los Angeles while awaiting a liver transplant and battling hepatitis C.