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Former drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd dies in automobile pile-up in Georgia

(Reuters) – Robert Burns Jr., a first member and former drummer of a stone rope Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died in a automobile pile-up in Georgia, state officials pronounced on Saturday. He was 64 years old.

Burns was not wearing his seatbelt when his automobile went off a highway late Friday, distinguished a mailbox and a tree nearby Cartersville, northwest of Atlanta, a Georgia State Patrol said.

He was a usually passenger in a automobile and nobody else was hurt. The pile-up stays underneath investigation, authorities said.

Burns was one of a first members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, best famous for hits including “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”

He remained in a organisation from a pregnancy in a mid-1960s in Jacksonville, Florida until 1974, behaving on a band’s entrance album, “Pronounced ‘Lĕh-’nérd ‘Skin-’nérd.” The manuscript launched a rope to celebrity and helped conclude a sound of southern rock, that exploded in recognition during a decade.

Burns left Lynyrd Skynyrd after flourishing sleepy of life on a highway and was transposed by drummer Artimus Pyle, a band’s autobiography said.

In 1977, a band’s thespian Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and vocalist Cassie Gaines were killed when their craft crashed in Mississippi. Pyle survived.

In new years, Burns had achieved in Lynyrd Skynyrd reverence bands, internal media reported.

Lynyrd Skynyrd was inducted into a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/04/us-usa-people-robert-burns-idUSKBN0MV0OJ20150404

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