Jim Seals, of soft-rock duo Seals and Crofts, dead at 80

R.I.P. Jim Seals, Co-Founder of “Summer Breeze” Duo Seals and Crofts Dead at 80

Dash Crofts (left) and Jim Seals perform as Seals and Crofts on April 30, 1975.

Jim Seals, one half of 1970s soft-rock duo Seals and Crofts, has died at the age of 80, according to his family.

Seals, together with musical partner Darrell "Dash" Crofts, was best known for hits such as "Summer Breeze," "Diamond Girl" and "Get Closer

Announcing his death on social media, Seals' relative Brady Seals -- himself a singer-songwriter -- wrote: "I just learned that James 'Jimmy' Seals has passed

My heart just breaks for his wife Ruby and their children. Please keep them in your prayers. What an incredible legacy he leaves behind."

The musical duo -- who met in their native Texas in their teens -- got together in the late 1960s, according to the UK's PA Media news agency

The pair split in 1980 but reunited in 1991 and then again in 2004, when they released their final album, "Traces."

Coley also took to social media to pay tribute to Seals, whose younger brother Dan was his musical partner

I spent a large portion of my musical life with this man. We toured together

Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band tweeted: "RIP Jim Seals So long pal, thanks for all the beautiful music. - Steve."

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