Leon Wilkeson dies in his sleep...

LYNYRD SKYNYRD bassist LEON WILKESON has died at the age of 49.

According to news reports this morning, Wilkeson, a founder member of the band, passed away yesterday (July 27) in his sleep.

Further details remain unconfirmed, but according to www.ananova.com, local television station WJXT-TV claim the death occurred at a hotel in Ponte Vedra Beach, roughly 17 miles south of his native Jacksonville.

Wilkeson is said to have returned to Jacksonville for a break during touring.

Wilkeson was a surviving member of the plane crash in 1977 which proved fatal for fellow Skynyrd members Steve Gaines, Ronnie Van Zant and Cassie Gaines.