Poco Co-Founder Rusty Young’s Cause of Death Revealed

3 min readApr 16, 2021

Rusty Young’s cause of death was revealed after the guitarist and singer-songwriter passed away yesterday (April 14) at his home in Davisville, Missouri. He was 75.

Young, Best known as a co-founder of the country-rock/Americana band Poco, has sadly passed away at 75. Rusty Young’s death news is spreading around on April 15, 2021. The heartbreaking news was confirmed by Young’s representative.

While many fans are searching for Rusty Young’s cause of death, multiple sources revealed that the Poco co-founder died March 14 of a heart attack.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Poco co-founder Rusty Young at the age of 75. Young suffered a heart attack last night,” the statement read. “A beloved member of the Blue Élan Records family, Young was best known as the heart and soul of Poco — the band widely considered to be one of the founders of the classic Southern California country-rock sound. Young was an integral member of the band throughout their influential six-decade career.”

“Rusty was the most unpretentious, caring, and idyllic artist I have ever worked with, a natural life force that he consistently poured into his music. To fans and fellow musicians alike, he was a once-in-a-lifetime musician, songwriter, performer, and friend,” “Rick Alter, Poco and Rusty’s manager, added.

Following the heartbreaking News, Rusty’s fans took to social media to pay poignant tributes to the Poco Co-founder and Pedal Steel Player. Words cannot express our deep sorrow from the sudden loss of Rusty Young. U.S. day News mourns the loss of the Young, and we ask you all to keep him, his family, his friends, and all of his loved ones in your thoughts through this agonizing time.

Norman Russell “Rusty” Young was born on February 23, 1946, in Long Beach, California. He was raised in Denver, Colorado. When Rusty was 6-year-old, He began playing lap steel guitar, and after that, he taught guitar and steel guitar lessons during his teen years.

Rusty played in a popular Denver psychedelic rock band, “Boenzee Cryque.” He also played guitar on Buffalo Springfield’s final album in 1967.

In the late 1960s, Young became the road manager for Buffalo Springfield. Richie Furay. He also was hired as a steel guitarist by Richie Furay and Jim Messina.

Young, Furay, and Messina became founding members of Poco in 1968. Rusty is mainly known for writing the Poco songs Crazy Love and Rose of Cimarron.

Rusty Young declared his retirement from Poco in 2013. He served as the band’s only constant member for 45 years. Young returned to Poco until the Corona Virus pandemic sidelined the band in 2020.

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