ICONIC lead guitarist for rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has passed away at the age of 71 a spokesperson for the band has confirmed, as fans and friends have taken to social media to pay tribute.
Gary Rossington was the last surviving original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd starting in 1964 with the band.
Fans have stormed to Twitter to pay their respects to the legendary guitarist.
“I was saddened to learn that Gary Rossington, lead guitarist & last original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, died at 71,” one fan wrote.
“He was one of the ‘Street Survivors’ of the 1977 plane crash that killed three members including lead singer Ronnie Van Zant three days after that album’s release,” the fan added.
Another fan wrote: “I consider @Skynyrd to be one of America’s three greatest rock bands ever and a Southern rock-style Led Zeppelin.”
He continued: “Gary Rossington’s influence and talent was a huge part of that. His place in music history should not be underestimated. Gary Rossington, RIP.”
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