Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Marty Balin co-founded Jefferson Airplane in 1965 In Friday's statement, Marty Balin's family said: "Marty's fans describe him as having had a substantial impact for the better of the world: 'One of the greatest voices of all time, a writer of songs that will never fade, and founder of the quintessential San Francisco band of the sixties.'
He left the San Francisco-based band in 1970 - but later got back together with some of its members under the name Jefferson Starship.
Jefferson Airplane formed in 1965 when folk artist Balin decided to create a rock group in response to the Beatles-led British Invasion.
Balin would later join Jefferson Starship, a band that included some of the members of Jefferson Airplane, in 1975.
Marty Balin, who co-founded Jefferson Airplane, dies at 76
Marty Balin, founder of Jefferson Airplane, dies at 76
Marty Balin, Jefferson Airplane Cofounder, Dies at 76
Marty Balin, a Founder of Jefferson Airplane, Dies at 76
Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin has died.
Jefferson Airplanes Marty Balin dies aged 76
Balin founded Jefferson Airplane in 1965 and served as the band’s lead vocalist from 1965 to 1971 alongside guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, bassist Jack Casady, drummer Skip Spence and singer Signe Toly Anderson.
Singer Marty Balin, the co-founder of US psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, has died while being taken to a hospital in Tampa, Florida
The band quickly attracted a local following - and when fledgling promoter Bill Graham opened his legendary Fillmore Auditorium, Jefferson Airplane served as the first headliner.
The group grew popular in San Francisco and Balin helped launch the club The Matrix, which hosted many bands including his own as well as the Doors, Janis Joplin and the Velvet Underground.
Image copyright WireImage Image caption Marty Balin was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 Marty Balin - the co-founder and vocalist-guitarist of the psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane - has died aged 76, his family and publicist say.