Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original drummer reportedly dies in car crash

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CARTERSVILLE, GA – Bob Burns, the original drummer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Lynyrd Skynyrd, was killed late Friday in a single-car wreck in  Cartersville, Georgia, according to the Georgia State Patrol and the local Patch website.

Burns was the only passenger in a vehicle that drove off a road, hitting a mailbox and a tree. He was not wearing a seat belt and it is not known if weather was a factor in the accident.

Burns was the original drummer for the band, which formed in 1968 and is known for their signature songs “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Freebird.” He left the band as a full-time member in 1974,  but sat in with them band during their 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

Here’s a video of Burns sitting in with the Artimus Pyle Band playing “Sweet Home Alabama. Pyle replaced Burns in Lynyrd Skynyrd.