Singer-songwriter David Olney, 71, died while performing on the weekend (Sunday AEST) – apologising, closing his eyes and not opening them again.

During his second show on Saturday at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Olney became still and appeared to be taking a pause, Variety reported.

Nashville great David Olney died while performing at age 71.

Nashville great David Olney died while performing at age 71.

“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 … outside the boathouse where we were playing,” singer Amy Rigby, who said she was sitting next to him onstage, wrote on Facebook. “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, another performer, echoed Rigby’s version of events.



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