Gary Rossington, the final unique member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, is useless on the age of 71. A reason behind loss of life was not specified, nevertheless, the guitarist had loss of life with some well being points in latest 12 months.
The band shared the information through a press release on Fb.
It’s with our deepest sympathy and unhappiness that we now have to advise, that we misplaced our brother, good friend, member of the family, songwriter and guitarist, Gary Rossington, immediately. Gary is now together with his Skynyrd brothers and household in heaven and enjoying it fairly, like he all the time does. Please preserve Dale, Mary, Annie and the whole Rossington household in your prayers and respect the household’s privateness at this troublesome time.
Rossington, who was a founding member of the legendary Southern rock group, survived the tragic 1977 airplane crash that killed singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines. A 12 months prior, Rossington had survived a automobile accident when his automobile hit an oak tree.
Whereas initially a part of the band from 1964-1977, the guitarist returned for his or her reunion in 1987 and had performed with the band full time from 1991 till his loss of life, showing on all the Lynyrd Skynyrd releases.
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Along with Lynyrd Skynyrd, the guitarist additionally carried out as a part of the Rossington Collins Band with fellow Skynyrd musician Allen Collins. The 2 musicians recorded a pair of albums between the preliminary Lynyrd Skynyrd cut up and their 1987 reunion. He additionally recorded a pair of albums together with his spouse Dale Krantz-Rossington beneath the moniker The Rossington Band.
With Rossington’s loss of life, singer Johnny Van Zant, who joined with 1987’s reunion, stays the longest tenured member of the band. Rickey Medlocke, who carried out with the group in 1971-1972, returned to the band in 1996.
Lynyrd Skynyrd will probably be hitting the street this spring for his or her fiftieth anniversary tour, enjoying alongside ZZ Prime. See dates and get ticketing data right here.
Revisit a few of Rossington’s musical historical past with Lynyrd Skynyrd beneath.
Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Sweet Home Alabama”
Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Simple Man”
Lynyrd Skynyrd, “That Smell”
Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Gimme Three Steps”
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