A sudden heart-attack took the life of folk singer and songwriter, David Olney last Saturday. Apparently, this happened in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida where he performed live at the 30A Songwriters Festival.
David Olney was 71 and his fans cannot believe the heartbreaking news and keep pouring their love and respects all over the internet.
“David Olney, a beautiful man, a legend, a songwriting poet died last night,” she wrote. “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. Olney was in the middle of his third song when he stopped, apologized and shut his eyes.”
“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 like hell outside the boathouse where we were playing- 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,” Rigby’s statement continued. “Scott Miller had the presence of mind to say we needed to revive him. Doctors in the audience and 30A folks were all working so hard to get him to come to.”
“I am so sorry for his wife and family and friends and all the people who loved him and his music,” Rigby, 61 concluded. “Even those who never heard of him. We all lost someone important last night.”
Miller, who was also on stage, also wrote about the event on Facebook.
“Last night we lost David Olney, one of the finest songwriters I have had the pleasure of playing with and knowing,” he wrote. “When I did my first show with him (maybe 5-6 years ago) my friend Robin Williams said, ‘Oh, you are in for a treat’ and indeed I was. What a force. What a writer. And what a nice guy.”