Legendary guitarist and founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Rossington, breathed his last at 71 on Sunday. The news of his death shocked the music industry and devastated fans worldwide.
Rossington passed away on Sunday, almost four months before the band was supposed to start on their next tour. The reason for his death has not been disclosed yet.
The guitarist’s health had been declining for years, and in 2015 he had a heart attack, necessitating emergency surgery in 2021
Rossington, who was one of the most iconic guitarists of his generation, co-founded Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964 with his childhood friend Ronnie Van Zant. The band quickly rose to fame with their signature southern rock sound, earning a devoted following of fans who loved their hard-hitting guitar riffs and powerful lyrics.
Over the course of his career, Rossington played on some of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s biggest hits, including “Free Bird,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Gimme Three Steps.” He was known for his masterful guitar playing and ability to captivate audiences with his electrifying stage presence.
Despite his success, Rossington faced many challenges throughout his life. He suffered from health problems, including heart issues and a bout with hepatitis C, and struggled with addiction. Despite these difficulties, he remained committed to his music and continued to inspire generations of fans with his talent and passion.
Tributes have been pouring in from fellow musicians and fans around the world, with many describing Rossington as a true rock and roll icon. “Gary Rossington was a guitar hero and a true legend,“ said fellow guitarist Slash. “He will be deeply missed.“
Rossington’s legacy will undoubtedly live on through his music, which has inspired countless musicians and touched the lives of millions of fans. He will be remembered as a true pioneer of southern rock and a beloved member of the Lynyrd Skynyrd family. As we mourn the loss of Gary Rossington, let us take comfort in the knowledge that his music will continue to live on and inspire future generations of musicians and fans.