FILE - In this April 17, 2007 file photo, singer Pegi Young is photographed in New York's Central Park. 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, Jan. 1, 2019, in California, according to spokeswoman Michelle Gutenstein-Hinz. She was 66. (AP Photo/ Jim Cooper, File)

Pegi Young, Musician And Activist, Dead At 66

January 03, 2019 - 1:31 pm

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 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."

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