Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Bob Burns dies in car crash

The China Post - - ARTS & LEISURE -

Ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd drum­mer Bob Burns has died af­ter a crash in the south­east­ern U.S. state of Ge­or­gia, me­dia re­ports and for­mer band­mates said on Satur­day.

Re­ports cit­ing lo­cal po­lice said Burns, 64, died af­ter his car veered off a road near Cartersville and plowed into a tree late on Fri­day.

His death was con­firmed by Lynyrd Skynyrd found­ing mem­ber Gary Ross- in­g­ton in a post on the band’s Face­book page.

“To­day I’m at a loss for words, but I just re­mem­ber Bob be­ing a funny guy,” Rossington wrote, pay­ing trib­ute to Burns as a joker who used to “make us laugh all the time.”

“My heart goes out to his fam­ily and God bless him and them in this sad time. He was a great, great drum­mer,” Rossington added.

Burns helped found the band with Rossington and Larry Jun­strom in 1964 and stayed for a decade be­fore leav­ing in the early 1970s.

The group be­came fa­mous for a string of hits which in­cluded “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

The band was later dev­as­tated by tragedy how­ever in 1977 when lead singer Ron­nie Van Zant, gui­tarist/vo­cal­ist Steve Gaines and back­ing vo­cal­ist Cassie Gaines died in a plane crash in Mis­sis­sippi.

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