Gary Rossington, the last surviving original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, died yesterday (March 5) at age 71. Rossington’s death was confirmed in a statement from Skynyrd who said, in part, “Gary is now with his Skynyrd brothers and family in heaven and playing it pretty, like he always does.”
While the cause of death was not shared, Rossington has struggled with numerous heart issues in recent years. Most recently, he underwent emergency heart surgery in July 2021.
News of the guitarist’s death spread quickly and led to many tributes. Below is just a selection of artists and other notable figures that honored Rossington via social media.