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What happened to Lynyrd Skynyrd founding member Gary Rossington? Details inside


Gary Rossington, who was the last surviving original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, passed away on Sunday at the age of 71. He was one of the people who helped found the group. The cause of Gary Rossington’s death has not been officially determined by friends and family. The songwriter and guitarist has co-written such classics as Sweet Home Alabama. Rossington has played with the band so far and was scheduled to tour this year. Here are more details about the latest founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Death of Gary Rossington

Information about Gary Rossington’s death was posted on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s official page on Monday. The post began with the reading that they had lost a family member, brother and friend.

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A Facebook post read, “Gary is now with his Skynyrd bro and family in heaven and plays it beautifully, like he always does.” Please keep Dale, Mary, Annie and the entire Rossington family in your prayers. The band also asked everyone to respect Rossington’s privacy at this difficult time as they mourn the loss of loved ones. The obituary post did not mention any cause of death.

However, according to Billboard, Gary has suffered from several health issues over the past few years. He had five-way bypass surgery in 2003 and suffered a heart attack in 2015. Rossington subsequently underwent a few heart procedures, most recently in 2021. He took a break from Lynyrd Skynyrd at this time.

Gary Rossington plane crash

Earlier Gary Rossington cheated death when he survived a 1977 plane crash that claimed the lives of other members of Lynyrd Skynyrd including Ronnie Van Zant, Dean Kilpatrick, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines. However, Rossington was badly injured with broken arms and legs along with a punctured liver and stomach. In a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone, he said it was a really devastating thing to talk about casually.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.