Singer-songwriter David Olney died Saturday night during a performance onstage at a Florida music festival, Variety reported. He was 71.
Olney, who was playing at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach, stopped during the middle of one of his songs and dropped his head, the website reported. According to his website, Olney died of an apparent heart attack.
“I was sitting next to him in the round, had been so honored and looking forward to getting to trade songs with him and Scott Miller,” Rigby wrote. “Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes.”
A performance Olney gave earlier Saturday during the festival was captured on video and posted to YouTube.
Harris covered Olney’s song, “Jerusalem Tomorrow,” in 1993, and “Deeper Well” in 1995, Variety reported. He also did a version of Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'."
Other artists who recorded or performed Olney’s songs include Ronstadt (“Women Cross the River”), Steve Earle (“Saturday Night and Sunday Morning”), and Del McCoury (“Queen Anne’s Lace”), Rolling Stone reported.
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