Pegi Young, singer-songwriter and former wife of Neil Young, dies of cancer

Singer Pegi Young is photographed in New York's Central Park, April 17, 2007. Singer-songwriter Pegi Young, who was formerly married to Neil Young, has died.
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Singer-songwriter Pegi Young, who was formerly married to Neil Young, has died.

In a Facebook post, her family says she died in her native California on New Year's Day following a year-long battle with cancer.

Pegi Young was married to Neil Young for 36 years until their separation and divorce in 2014.

She was the inspiration for some of Neil Young's love songs, including "Such a Woman," "Unknown Legend" and "Once an Angel."

She began as his background singer in the 1990s, sharing the stage with him at the 1994 Academy Awards and numerous tours over the course of 20 years.

She released three solo albums since 2007 and toured extensively on her own, occasionally with Neil on guitar.

Pegi Young also founded the Bridge School with her former husband, for children with severe disabilities.


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