Neil Young’s ex-wife – musician Pegi Young – dead at 66

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-03 18:23:25-05

NEW YORK (AP) — Pegi Young, who with fellow musician and then-husband Neil Young helped found the Bridge School for children with speech and physical impairments, has died.

Young died of cancer Tuesday in California, according to spokeswoman Michelle Gutenstein-Hinz. She was 66. Additional details about her death were not immediately available.

Pegi Young & The Survivors perform onstage during day one of 2015 Stagecoach, California’s Country Music Festival, at The Empire Polo Club on April 24, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)

Pegi Young first conceived of the California-based school in 1986 after she and her husband struggled to educate their son Ben, born with cerebral palsy.

Over the next three decades, the Youngs helped stage all-star concert benefits, with guest performers including Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Tom Petty.

The Youngs divorced in 2014 after 36 years of marriage, a breakup Pegi Young addressed candidly in her 2016 album “Raw.” Her previous recordings include “Bracing for Impact” and “Foul Deeds.”