The Tragic Story Of The Diseases Neil Young’s Children Suffered

CSNY icon Neil Young’s career has been full of achievements thanks to his talents as a musician. Young has been pursuing a successful music career for many years, but he has experienced several different tragedies due to his children’s diseases that have affected their lives. So, Neil’s music became a reflection of his pain and a motivation to continue to stay strong for his children.

After Young got divorced from his first wife Susan Acevedo in 1970, he had a relationship with actress Carrie Snodgress until 1975. The couple didn’t marry and had a son named Zeke on September 8, 1972. Unfortunately, Zeke was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after he was born. However, this was the beginning of Young’s children’s sufferings.

Neil Young’s Kids Have Been Fighting With Different Diseases

In 1974, Neil Young met Pegi Norton who was working as a waitress at that time. It was love at first sight, and the couple tied the knot in 1978. They welcomed their son named Ben and later their daughter Amber. Like his older half-brother, Ben was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which prevented him from moving, and Amber started suffering from epilepsy.

However, both Young and his children didn’t fall into despair and realized that they could move on and do whatever they want in spite of their disabilities. Young took his son Ben to his concerts and felt very happy about his son’s companionship. Amber also continued her career as an artist in San Franciso, and her father is her greatest fan and supporter.

Neil Young opened up about his son Ben saying:

Ben has taught me you never give up. You can’t say ‘This is too hard.’ It can’t be too hard. There are so many kids with challenges that are so great and yet they just keep trying. So if I come up against something that’s hard to deal with, I can handle it, and it’s because of him.”

Young wanted to raise awareness against children with disabilities and their living conditions when he decided to help Pegi Young found The Bridge School, a non-profit organization aiming to support their education. Consequently, Young and his children have supported and encouraged each other not to give up even though they had to face these diseases since they were born.