The last surviving member of the famous rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has left this world permanently. The guitarist and songwriter Gary Rossington, who passed away at 71, revealed the band on its official Facebook page.
“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. Gary is now with his Skynyrd brothers and family in heaven and playing it like always. Please keep Dale, Mary, Annie, and the entire Rossington family in your prayers and respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time,” the band said in a Facebook post.
Though Rossington’s cause of death is still unknown, it is notable that he underwent heart surgery in 2021. He also escaped death twice by surviving a terrific car accident and the 1977 plane crash which killed three of his bandmates.
“I’ve talked about it here and there, but I don’t like to. It was a devastating thing. You can’t just talk about it really casually and not have feelings about it,” said Rossington in a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone.