His cause of death has not been released, but NBC News reported that he had been in poor health since a 2015 heart attack.
To honor Barlow, Rhino Records created a Spotify playlist featuring some of his best-known tunes:
Many of Barlow’s songs were co-written with and performed by the Dead’s Bob Weir, both with the band and on his solo albums. Weir paid tribute to his longtime collaborator on Twitter:
Dead and Company, the successor to the Grateful Dead also honored the lyricist:
“It is no exaggeration to say that major parts of the Internet we all know and love today exist and thrive because of Barlow’s vision and leadership. He always saw the Internet as a fundamental place of freedom, where voices long silenced can find an audience and people can connect with others regardless of physical distance.”
Here are more tributes to Barlow: