The 71-year-old folk musician was performing at the 3OA Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach on Saturday 18th January when he died suddenly. According to the late singer’s website, the cause of death was an ‘apparent heart attack’. Amy Rigby, an American singer, and songwriter was on-stage with David at the time and explained how David had apologized to the audience and lowered his head leading many to assume he was simply taking a short rest.
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Amy explained, ‘Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized, and shut his eyes. ‘He was very still, sitting upright with his guitar on, wearing the coolest hat and a beautiful rust suede jacket we laughed about because it was raining like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing.’ She added: ‘I just want the picture to be as graceful and dignified as it was because it at first looked like he was just taking a moment.
‘Scott Miller had the presence of mind to say we needed to revive him. Doctors in the audience and 30A folks were all working so hard to get him to come to … We all lost someone important last night.’ David was born in Rhode Island before moving to Nashville, Tennessee where he became a pioneer of Americana music. Read Here