Almost 50 years ago, he cheated fate and survived a plane crash. The guitarist of the legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Rossington, has died. He was the last surviving original member of the band. He was 71 years old.

Gary Rossington has passed away. The American musician and songwriter was a co-founder and the last surviving original member of the rock legend Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band’s hit song “Sweet Home Alabama” was released on their second album, “Second Helping,” in 1974. Gary Rossington has passed away. The Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist was 71 years old.

The artist passed away on March 5th at the age of 71, just four months before the start of the band’s planned tour. The cause of the guitarist’s death has not been announced, although he had been rumored to have heart problems for years. Rossington’s health problems worsened in 2010 and occasionally prevented him from performing with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The band released an official statement on the death of their friend

“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. Please keep Dale, Mary, Annie and the entire Rossington family in your prayers and respect the family’s privacy at this difficult time.”

Rossington struggled with drug and painkiller addiction for years. He fell into addiction after surviving the 1977 plane crash in which Lynyrd Skynyrd lead vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, his sister and supporting vocalist for the band – Cassie Gaines, and three others on board died. 20 passengers survived.

In 1980, the artist started his career in the Rossington Collins Band. The group released two albums before disbanding. After the death of Billy Powell in 2009 and Larry Junstrom 10 years later, Rossington remained the last surviving original member of the band.

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