Original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns has passed away at the age of 64.
Burns, who featured on the band’s first two albums ‘(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)’ and ‘Second Helping’, was involved in a car accident on Friday (April 3) when his vehicle left the road and hit a mailbox and tree in Bartow County, Georgia. BBC News report that police later confirmed that Burns wasn’t wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. No other vehicles or individuals were involved.
The band’s guitarist Gary Rossington posted a tribute to Burns on the group’s official Facebook page, writing: “Well, today I’m at a loss for words, but I just remember Bob being a funny guy. He was just so funny, he used to do skits for us and make us laugh all the time, he was hilarious!”
“Ironically, since we played Jacksonville yesterday. Dale, my daughter and I, went by the cemetery to see some of the guys in the band and my parents grave sites. On the way back, we went by Bob Burns old house, it was there in the carport where we used to first start to practice with Skynyrd. My heart goes out to his family and God bless him and them in this sad time.”
Rossington added: “He was a great great drummer.”
Burns was a member of the band from 1966 to 1974, leaving due to stress from touring. He played drums on the recordings of the group’s most famous hits ‘Free Bird’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama’.
The band initially broke up in 1977, after three band members died in plane crash. They reformed in 1987. The band were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.