Balin died in Tampa, Florida, on his way to the hospital, according to spokesman Ryan Romenesko. The cause of the cause is not known yet.
In 2016, Balin underwent open-heart surgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. He later sued them for medical malpractice, claiming they caused him a myriad of injuries, including a paralyzed vocal cord, bedsores, kidney damage and the loss of his left thumb and half of his tongue.
The vocalist was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane, which is known for example as “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love”. He also stood behind the hit “Hearts” and “Atlanta Lady”.
Balin is the third band member who has gone away. On January 28, 2016, former guitarist and vocalist Paul Kantner died of organ failure. On the same day, the band’s first female vocalist, Signe Anderson, also died.
Hall of Famer and co-vocalist of San Francisco psychedelic rock band also founded Jefferson Starship.