Pegi Young, the singer-songwriter best known for co-founding the Bridge School and annual Bridge School Benefit concert with her ex-husband Neil Young, has died at the age of 66.
Young succumbed to a year-long battle with cancer on January 1st. She was in her home state of California, surrounded by family and friends when she passed.
Pegi Young, then Pegi Morton – a diner waitress – met legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young in the mid-seventies. They married and had two children; a daughter, Amber, and their son Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy.
It was Ben that inspired Young to found the Bridge School in 1986, to help serve the needs of kids with severe speech and physical impairments. The school’s annual benefit concert in Mountain View, CA has hosted performances by Neil Young, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Billy Idol, Elvis Costello, Steve Miller and more.
After spending the first 20 years of marriage raising children and focusing on the Bridge School, Pegi became a member of her husband’s backing band in the nineties. In 2007, she released her debut album and went on to a career as a singer-songwriter in her own right.
Pegi and Neil Young filed for divorce in 2014.
In June it was announced that the annual Bridge School Benefit concert would not take place in 2018.
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With great sadness, we confirm that on January 1st, after a yearlong battle with cancer, Pegi Young – mother, grandmother, sister, auntie, musician, activist and co-founder of the Bridge School – passed away surrounded by her friends and family in her native California. We request that the families’ privacy be respected at this time.