Original Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Dies in Car Crash

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 1:11 PM PDT, April 04, 2015
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The original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer died in a car crash on Friday night.

Georgia State Patrol Spokesman James Tallent told CNN that Robert "Bob" Burns Jr.'s car hit a mailbox and a tree in Cartersville, Georgia before midnight.

Burns, 64, was a founding member of the band that created the hits, "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird."

He left the band in the early 1970s.

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In 2006, he performed with the band when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he was most recently in a Lynyrd Skynrd tribute band called Artimus Pyle.

On the group's Facebook page, Gary Rossington remembered his friend and fellow band member.

"Today I'm at a loss for words but I just remember Bob being a funny guy," Rossington said. "My heart goes out to his family and God bless him and them in this sad time. He was a great great drummer."

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...

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