Gary Rossington, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Last Founding Member, Dead at 71

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Gary Rossington, the only living original member and guitarist of the popular Lynyrd Skynyrd band, passed away on Sunday at 71 years old.

In October 1977, he survived a fatal plane crash that killed three bandmates, and Rossington became a famous figure in rock music.

He seemed indestructible as he spent decades battling alcohol and drug addictions and enduring heart-related health issues.

The Lynyrd Skynyrd band posted a statement about Rossington’s death on its official Facebook account

The band expressed sympathy and sadness for losing a brother, friend, and family member, Gary Rossington.

However, the statement didn’t explain any of the causes of death.

It also said to his fans to keep Mary, Dale, Annie, and the entire Rossington family to fans’ prayers.

Last, it also advised fans to respect the Rossington family’s privacy during this difficult time.

Rossington lived in an Atlanta suburb, Alpharetta, for more than 25 years and also spent some time in Wyoming.

The Lynyrd Skynyrd founder endured heart problems for many years, including a severe heart attack in 2015 and a heart valve replacement in 2019.

Recently, Rossington got an emergency heart surgery in June 2021 that forced him out of a band tour.

The band was born in 1969 with a lineup including keyboardist Billy Powell, guitarist Ed King, and bassist Leon Wilkeson.

After a long journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

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