Worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash for 20 years.
Gerry Tolman, a veteran business manager who worked with the Crosby, Stills & Nash for over twenty years, has died. Tolman was killed instantly in a motor vehicle accident near his Los Angeles area home the morning of December 31, reported a Tolman family spokesperson. He was 52 years old.
In addition to collectively managing Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tolman also managed the solo careers of group members Stephen Stills -- since '85 -- and, since 1989, Graham Nash.
Nash, reached at his home in Hawaii, said, "My heart is broken about the untimely death of my dear friend. I am so sad. He was a great, sensitive, caring and funny man. I will miss him for the rest of my life." Speaking from his home in central California, David Crosby commented, "Gerry was a good friend and he worked diligently and did a great job at managing Crosby, Stills & Nash. He was a part of this family for many years. We'll miss him. My heart goes out to his family." Stephen Stills added, "Gerry was my rock, my protector and my best friend. He helped me do my art without being distracted by the slings and arrows of our crazy and wonderful business. I doubt I will meet his like again. I offer my condolences to his family and his friends, who number in the hundreds. I believe that ultimately, this will pull us all together."
Information on a memorial service will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, the Tolman family has designated The International House of Blues Foundation, 6255 Sunset Blvd., 18th floor, Los Angeles, CA, 90028 to receive donations in the name of Gerry Tolman.