Original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns dies at 64

Original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns has died at the age of 64 in a single vehicle car accident in Cartersville, GA late Friday night (April 3rd).

The Cartersville Patch reports that Burns was driving northbound on Tower Ridge Road when his vehicle left the westside of the roadway while approaching a right curve where he hit a tree and a mailbox. Burns was not wearing his seat belt, and Georgia Highway Patrol spokesperson Tracey Watson states “it was raining heavily at the time of the crash” and does not suspect that alcohol or drugs were involved.

Burns was alive when paramedics arrived, but died on the scene despite life saving efforts.

“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!” Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington writes on Facebook.

“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.”

Artimus Pyle, the band’s second drummer, also expressed his condolences for Burns on Facebook writing, “Fans we are absolutely devastated this morning after learning that our dear friend, band mate and original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer, Bob Burns has passed away. Bob was one of the kindest, sweetest men you would ever want to know and a rock solid drummer. Artimus calls him the Ringo Star of southern rock.”

“Bob we love you and will surely miss you!”

He continues, “We were honored to have shared the stage with Bob and were looking forward to many more shows down the road. Bob we love you and will surely miss you! Prayers for his daughters Lou and Kristen. RIP old friend.”

Burns was a founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame southern rock group. He also appeared on the band’s first two albums, 1973’s (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) and 1974’s Second Helping.

He left the band as a full-time member in 1974 because he was “overwhelmed by life on the road,” according to his bio.

However, he did reunite with his former bandmates during its 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, playing alongside Rossington, Pyle, Billy Powell, Ed King and the Honkettes.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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