According to a post shared by Lynyrd Skynyrd's official Facebook page on Monday, Gary Rossington, the last surviving member of the rock band and a talented guitarist-songwriter, passed away on Sunday, March 5, at the age of 71.
Rossington was a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and miraculously survived the band's tragic plane crash in 1977, which claimed the lives of four of his bandmates, including Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Larry Junstrom, and Bob Burns.
Despite sustaining serious injuries, such as broken legs, arms, ankles, and pelvis, Rossington eventually rejoined the band after recovering.
He played with Lynyrd Skynyrd until this year and was scheduled to be on board for a tour later this year.
In a post on Facebook, Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote, "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."
Over the past couple of decades, Rossington had been struggling with various health problems, according to Billboard. However, the cause of his death was not mentioned in the band's obituary note.
Let us honor Gary Rossington's legacy by celebrating his contributions to music and remembering his resilience in overcoming adversity. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.