Gary Rossington, the original guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd and founding member of the legendary southern rock band, has passed away at the age of 71. No cause of death was given for Rossington, who died on Sunday, nearly four months before Lynyrd Skynyrd was set to embark on their next tour. Rossington had had heart problems for years, including a heart attack in 2015 and emergency heart surgery in 2021. 

In an official statement, Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote: “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".

Rest in peace Mr. Rossington.