Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington Suffers a Heart Attack
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s last remaining original member has suffered a heart attack. Gary Rossington has been under observation since suffering the serious medical setback on Oct. 8.
Rossington has a long history of heart problems and had a quintuple bypass in 2003. His daughter Mary Elizabeth says a number of stents he currently has will need to be repaired or replaced.
“Please keep him and us in your prayers as well as all the amazing medical staff that have saved his life several times now,” she writes on Facebook. “We were very close to losing him this time and just pray that they will develop even better techniques soon to deal with heart disease.”
The 63-year-old has been a consistent part of the band since they formed in 1964. Two upcoming Skynyrd shows — Terre Haute, Ind. and Mt. Pleasant, Mich. — have been put on hold and will be rescheduled in 2016. Lynyrd Skynyrd were also just announced as an act for the 2016 Tortuga Music Festival.
Earlier this year the rock band teamed with Brantley Gilbert for an episode of CMT's Crossroads. The June airing was their second with a country superstar. They'd joined with Montgomery Gentry in 2004. The band has not commented on Rossington's heart attack on social media, but drummer Artimus Pyle offered well-wishes on Facebook:
"I love you, Gary. Our band loves you. Stay strong and 'May the force be with you," he says.
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