Gary Rossington, the last original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd still active in the band, has died at the age of 69. Rossington, who had been battling health issues for several years, passed away on Saturday at his home in Georgia.
The news of Rossington’s death has sent shockwaves through the music world, with fans and fellow musicians paying tribute to the legendary guitarist and songwriter. Rossington was a key member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, playing a major role in the band’s rise to fame in the 1970s and helping to define the Southern rock sound that became their trademark.
Rossington co-wrote many of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s biggest hits, including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Free Bird,” and “Simple Man,” and was known for his soulful guitar playing and distinctive tone. He continued to tour and record with the band despite his health issues, and was revered by fans for his dedication and passion for music.
Lynyrd Skynyrd formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1964, and quickly gained a following with their blend of rock, blues, and country music. The band’s original lineup included Rossington, Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, and several other musicians who would go on to become legends in their own right.
The band suffered a tragic setback in 1977, when a plane crash claimed the lives of Van Zant, Collins, and several other members of the group. Rossington was among the survivors of the crash, and continued to carry the torch for Lynyrd Skynyrd in the years that followed.
Rossington’s death is a profound loss for the music world, and a reminder of the enduring legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Southern rock sound that they helped to create. As fans mourn the passing of a true legend, they can take comfort in the knowledge that Rossington’s music will continue to inspire and move audiences for generations to come.