Nashville folk singer apologises to crowd before dying on stage

The Nashville folk singer David Olney has died on stage during a performance in Florida, a statement on his website has confirmed.

Amy Rigby and Scott Miller, musicians who were performing with Olney, have both said the songwriter apologised to the crowd before closing his eyes.

The 71-year-old died after suffering a heart attack during the show in Santa Rosa Beach on Saturday.

Olney became a key member of Nashville’s music scene after moving there from his native Rhode Island in 1973.

He went on to form the band The X-Rays, which released two albums and opened for Elvis Costello, before splitting up in 1985.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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