Marty Balin, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted lead singer and co-founder of the Jefferson Airplane died on September 27th in Tampa, Florida at age 76, according to The New York Times. No cause of death was announced.

In August, Balin and his wife Susan filed suit against New York's Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan's Federal Court seeking unspecified damages. According to the suit, Balin claimed that because of the hospital's alleged negligence following his open-heart surgery back in 2016, he's been left, "unable to play guitar or sing." The New York Daily News reported that the suit claimed in part, "The personnel in charge knew that the hospital was inadequately staffed, particularly in the recovery unit where Mr. Balin was sent after undergoing open heart surgery." Following the surgery, Balin had to undergo "a tracheotomy that resulted in his tongue and vocal cords being damaged. . . Tissue on his left thumb died, requiring it be amputated." The suit went on to say: "Mr. Balin walked into the hospital able to speak and with fully functional left hand. By the time Mr. Balin was finally released from the hospital, he had lost half his tongue so that he cannot speak or eat properly; he also has a paralyzed vocal cord; he has a necrotic left hand and has lost his left thumb; he had become totally disabled and has never recovered properly." Balin and his wife Susan were seeking unspecified damages.

Balin co-founded the Jefferson Airplane with the late-Paul Kantner in 1965, and during his six-year-run with the band, Balin fronted the group on such classics as "It's No Secret," "Volunteers," "Today," "3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds," "Plastic Fantastic Lover," and "Young Girl Sunday Blues," among others. Balin rejoined Kantner and Grace Slick's Jefferson Starship in 1975 and stayed for three years, bringing the band its only two Top 10 singles -- 1975's Top Three smash "Miracles" and 1978's Number Eight hit "Count On Me." Balin's hit streak continued through 1981 with the Top 10 solo hit, "Hearts." In 1989, he rejoined Kantner, Slick, and Airplane bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, for a well-received Jefferson Airplane reunion album and tour. Balin, who never stopped recording and performing, released his last album, The Greatest Love, in 2016.

A while back, Marty Balin shed light on the formation of the Jefferson Airplane in 1965: "I figured the easiest way to make money would be to start a band and put together these guys. And I looked for guys; first I found Paul, then I found Jorma and we had told everybody and built it up, and built it up. And people in this town would say, 'What's Jefferson Airplane? I don't know' -- so everybody came to see and it took off, 'cause people were looking for new things and everybody was having a good time, and rock n' roll's just the most happening thing going on at the time, y'know?"

AUDIO: MARTY BALIN ON PROBLEMS IN THE JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
AUDIO: MARTY BALIN ON ALTAMONT
AUDIO: MARTY BALIN ON FORMING THE JEFFERSON AIRPLANE