Gary Rossington, the founding guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died, the band introduced. Rossington was the final surviving authentic member of the Southern rock band—a mainstay amid many years of lineup modifications. He was 71.
“It’s with our deepest sympathy and disappointment that we now have to advise, that we misplaced our brother, buddy, member of the family, songwriter and guitarist, Gary Rossington, at the moment,” the band introduced on Fb. “Gary is now along with his Skynyrd brothers and household in heaven and taking part in it fairly, like he all the time does. Please maintain Dale, Mary, Annie and your entire Rossington household in your prayers and respect the household’s privateness at this troublesome time.”
After surviving a 1976 automotive accident that impressed “That Scent,” Rossington survived the 1977 aircraft crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and Cassie Gaines. Rossington has been hospitalized a number of instances on account of coronary heart issues lately, and in 2021, left the band, citing how journey was negatively impacting his blood oxygen ranges.
Whereas the band’s debut album (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Pores and skin-‘nérd) featured a number of hits—“Tuesday’s Gone,” “Gimme Three Steps,” and “Easy Man”—Rossington’s most well-known contribution to the band’s discography was the slide guitar lead on their ubiquitous nine-minute monitor “Free Hen.”