Founding member and drummer for rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Burns has died aged 64. The drummer was involved in a freak car accident on Friday (April 3) when his vehicle left the road and hit a mailbox and tree in Bartow County, Georgia. BBC News later confirmed that there were no other victims and Burns was not wearing his seat belt.
Fellow band member Gary Rossington wrote a tribute to Burns on the band’s Facebook page saying, “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 skits for us and make us laugh all the time, he was hilarious! Ironically, since we played Jacksonville yesterday. Dale, my daughter and I, went by the cemetery to see some of the guys in the band and my parents grave sites. On the way back, we went by Bob Burns old house, it was there in the carport where we used to first start to practice with Skynyrd. My heart goes out to his family and God bless him and them in this sad time. He was a great great drummer“.
Burns remained the band’s drummer from 1966 until ’74 where he left due to stress. His drumming featured on recordings of the group’s most famous tracks “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama”. The band split in 1977 before reuniting in 1987 to perform, which was followed by a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.