Original guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Rossington passes away at the age of 71

Gary Rossington, the last surviving original member and original guitarist for the rock band Lynard Skynard, passed away at the age of 71 yesterday.

Rossington was among the Lynard Skynard band members inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and contributed to many hits like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.”

The group took to Facebook announcing the news.

“It is with our deepest sympathy and sadness that we have to advise, that we lost our brother, friend, family member, songwriter and guitarist, Gary Rossington, today.
Gary is now with his Skynyrd brothers and family in heaven and playing it pretty, like he always does.”

Country music stars also took to social media to pay homage.

Travis Tritt

Charlie Daniels

The Oak Ridge Boys

The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Story via AP News

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