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Gary Rossington, founding Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist, dies age seventy one


Gary Rossington, 1 of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s founding users, has died at the age of seventy one, the band declared Sunday night.

Rossington, identified for his slide guitar on the band’s supremely well-known track “Free of charge Chicken,” was Lynyrd Skynyrd’s past surviving member. He survived the notorious 1977 airplane crash that killed band users Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines (Steve’s sister), highway supervisor Dean Kilpatrick, and the two pilots.


Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd noticed at KAABOO Texas at AT&ampT Stadium on Saturday, May well eleven, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (Picture by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

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“It is with our deepest sympathy and disappointment that we have to suggest, that we dropped our brother, buddy, relatives member, songwriter and guitarist, Gary Rossington, right now. Gary is now with his Skynyrd brothers and relatives in heaven and participating in it fairly, like he constantly does,” the band declared on Fb. “Make sure you retain Dale, Mary, Annie and the whole Rossington relatives in your prayers and regard the family’s privateness at this challenging time.”

Rossington was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1951. He satisfied his long term bandmates and what would be the relaxation of his daily life when participating in Tiny League baseball, for every Rolling Stone. Via many years of modifications, tragedy, and accomplishment, the band has endured to be 1 of the most noteworthy rock bands of all time.

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Rossington was amid the group’s users to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2006. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s website’s residence site, which chronicles the band’s meteoric increase and journey, concludes with a estimate from Rossington: “We’re however standing, Even now preserving the new music heading. We desired to do the fellas who are not with us any a lot more happy – and retain the identify happy, far too.”