Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash Survivor Passed Away At 71

Lynyrd skynyrd plane crash
  • The last survivor guitarist from the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash incident, Gary Rossington, passed away at the age of 71.
  • Iconic American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd’s three musicians and three other passengers lost their lives in a horrifying plane crash on the Louisiana-Mississippi border on October 20, 1977.
  • Gary survived the Louisiana-Mississippi border plane crash in 1977 that killed his three band members.
  • However, no cause of death was shared with the public, but the guitarist had battled several heart health problems, including an emergency open heart surgery in 2021 during the band’s Big Wheels Keep on Turning Tour.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd’s official Facebook page announced this sad news on Sunday evening, March 5, 2023.

The last survivor guitarist from the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash incident, Gary Rossington, passed away at the age of 71.

Iconic American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd’s three musicians and three other passengers lost their lives in a horrifying plane crash on the Louisiana-Mississippi border on October 20, 1977.

Founder and lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, backup singer Cassie Gaines, and her guitarist brother Steve Gaines were killed on impact.

The Convair CV-240 passenger plane crash also claimed the lives of pilot Walter McCreary, co-pilot William Gray, and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick. However, twenty people survived the plane crash.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s personal security manager and one of the survivors of the plane crash, Gene Odom, told the news outlets, “The crash took away one of the great American musicians, It took from me a lifelong dear friend and fishing buddy.”

Gene raised up with Van Zant and other founding members of the iconic band in Jacksonville, Florida. He said the plane ran out of fuel at the height of about 10,000 feet and crashed violently into a wooden area.

Gene was thrown away from the plane and found by rescue teams after some time under one of the wings with terrible injuries.

According to Gene Odom, he suffered a big hole in his head from flying over the fuselage, several broken ribs, a broken neck, and 45 years of pain.

The news of his three band member’s death was opened to him after he got out of the hospital.

Gene said that the only cause that helped twenty people to survive is there was no fuel left on the CV-240 passenger plane, so there was no fire.

The guitarist Gainess had just joined the band a year earlier at the behest of his sister.

Lynyrd Skynyrd remains one of the massive acts in the music account and is debatably the top U.S iconic rock band of all time.

The Lynyrd Skynyrd band has toured on lead vocals for decades with Johnny Van Zant, the founder’s younger brother. They mostly play songs written and first performed by Ronnie Van Zant a half-century ago, a testimony to his never-ending legacy in rock music history.

Gene helped conduct a vigil for Van Zant and the other plane crash victims near the town of Gillsburg, Mississippi, in 2019. A memorial was erected near the site of the terrible plane crash.

Gary Rossington died at 71

The last surviving founding member and guitarist of the iconic rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Rossington, has died at the age of 71.

Lynyrd Skynyrd’s official Facebook page announced this sad news on Sunday evening, March 5, 2023.

However, no cause of death was shared with the public, but the guitarist had battled several heart health problems, including an emergency open heart surgery in 2021 during the band’s Big Wheels Keep on Turning Tour.

Gary also survived the Louisiana-Mississippi border plane crash in 1977 that killed his three band members.

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