Remembering the Legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist: Gary Rossington Passes Away!

Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s sole surviving original member and co-founder, Gary Rossington, passed away on 6th March, Sunday at the age of 71. There was no mention of a fatal event.

“It is with our utmost grief and sadness that we have to advise, that we lost our brother, friend, family member, songwriter, and guitarist, Gary Rossington, today,” the band posted on Facebook. Gary is in heaven alongside his other Skynyrd bandmates and his family, where he is “playing it pretty” as always.

Don’t forget to say a prayer for Dale, Mary, Annie, and the rest of the Rossington family, and please give them some space as they grieve.

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It was alleged in Rolling Stone that Rossington had survived multiple near-death experiences. The band wrote their song “That Smell” as a cautionary tale after he survived an automobile accident in which he crashed his Ford Torino into a tree in 1976. A year later, with two broken arms, a fractured leg, and a pierced stomach and liver, he survived the plane disaster that took the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, and backup vocalist Cassie Gaines in 1977.

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Gary Rossington & Lynyrd Skynyrd

Jacksonville, Florida is home to Gary Rossington. He entered the world in 1951, and in 1964 he became a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Me, You, and Him were the group’s original names. Larry on bass and Bob Burns on drums were Lynyrd Skynyrd’s founding me Before hearing the Rolling Stones, Gary Rossington intended to be a baseball player.

Ronnie Van Zant was introduced to Gary Rossington, along with the other two Lynyrd Skynyrd members, Burns and Junstrom. Zant was a member of an antagonistic baseball squad. They were crammed into Burns’ garage.

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When Rossington was 16 years old, his stern English instructor, Leonard Skinner, came up with the moniker Lynyrd Skynyrd for his band.

He took a strong stance against young men sporting long hair. Gary Rossington, who he had previously suspended for having long hair, eventually quit school.

As a band, Lynyrd Skynyrd debuted with an album in 1973. One of their most well-known songs is “Sweet Home Alabama,” which Gary Rossington helped write.

Van Zant was killed in an airplane disaster in 1977. Fortunately, Rossington and another twenty-one others on board the plane made it out alive.

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Gary Rossington: Cause of Death

The circumstances behind Gary Rossington’s passing remain murky. Rossington’s loved ones have not commented as of yet. However, the official statement released by Lynyrd Skynyrd did not provide any information about the cause of death.

Gary Rossington: Family & Net Worth

In 1982, Dale Krantz Rossington became Gary Robert Rossington’s wife. They are the proud parents of two grown offspring and grandparents to many.

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Gary Rossington has a net worth of $40 million, according to In the words of Johnny Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s frontman since 1977: “I don’t think you can have Lynyrd Skynyrd without Gary Rossington.”

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