Woodstock co-creator Michael Lang dead at 77

Michael Lang, who is best known for co-creating and promoting the 1969 Woodstock music festival, died Saturday at the age of 77, according to a family spokesman.

Lang passed away from “a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at Sloan Kettering Hospital in NYC,” family friend Michael Pagnotta told CNN.

“He is survived by his wife Tamara, their sons Harry and Laszlo and his daughters LariAnn, Shala and Molly,” Pagnotta added.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Pagnotta praised Lang’s legacy.

“He was absolutely an historic figure, and also a great guy,” he said. “Both of those thing go hand in hand.”

Joined by partners Artie Kornfeld, Joel Rosenman, and John P. Roberts, Lang helped plan the Woodstock festival, which featured performances from a host of famous artists, NPR reported.

“Roughly 400,000 people descended on the hamlet of Bethel, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of New York City and endured miles-long traffic jams, torrential rains, food shortages and overwhelmed sanitary facilities,” according to the AP.

“More than 30 acts performed on the concert’s main stage at the base of a hill on land owned by farmer Max Yasgur, and concertgoers were treated to iconic performances from artists including Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, The Who and Jefferson Airplane,” the outlet added.

Lang later said he was always confident that the festival could be a success.

“From the beginning, I believed that if we did our job right and from the heart, prepared the ground and set the right tone, people would reveal their higher selves and create something amazing,” he wrote in his memoir.

Lang’s death was mourned on social media:

Woodstock was not the first music festival of its kind, but it still helped provide a model for future events.

“A lot of them are modeled after Woodstock — Bonnaroo and Coachella, in particular,” Lang said in a 2009 interview.

“There was a ritual that was created that keeps getting replicated,” he added.