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Bob Burns: Former Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Dies In Car Crash

Sat, April 4, 2015 2:05pm EDT by Avery Thompson 2 Comments

So sad. Bob Burns, one of the original members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, tragically passed away on April 3 following a car accident in Georgia. He was 64 years old.

What a tragedy. Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns, 64, was killed on April 3 in a single car accident in Cartersville, Georgia, HollywoodLife.com learned from the Georgia State Police. Bob was the original drummer for the band when it was formed in 1968.

Bob Burns Dead: Former Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Dies

Robert Lewis Burns, Jr. (also known as Bob Burns) was traveling on Tower Ridge Road in Bartow County when he approached a curve and left his side of the roadway, Georgia State Patrol PIO Tracey Watson tells HollywoodLife.com. The musician struck a mailbox and a tree with the front of his vehicle at approximately 11:56 p.m.

Bob was the only person inside the vehicle and was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to the PIO.

The drummer helped form Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964 with Gary Rossington and Larry Junstrom. They were later joined by Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins. He played on the band’s first two official albums:  (Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd) and Second Helping. “Free Bird,” one of the songs featured on the band’s debut album, helped catapult them to music stardom. With the help of Bob and the other members, Lynyrd Skynyrd had become one of the most famous rock bands of all time.

Bob stayed with the band until 1974. He was replaced by Artimus Pyle. Bob rejoined Lynyrd Skynyrd for one special performance on March 13, 2006. He played with Billy Powell, Ed King, Gary RossingtonArtimus Pyle and The Honkettes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bob’s family and friends during this difficult time. Bob will be so missed.

HollywoodLifers, share your favorite Bob Burns songs and performances in the comments below.

— Avery Thompson