Last surviving original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd dies. RIP

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Convair CV-240 N55VM crash
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A Convair CV-240 similar to the accident aircraft
Accident
Date October 20, 1977
18:52 (CST)[1]
Summary Fuel exhaustion due to pilot error
Site Heavily wooded swamp, Amite County, Mississippi, U.S.,
five miles (8 km) northeast
of Gillsburg
31°04′19″N 90°35′57″WCoordinates: 31°04′19″N 90°35′57″W[1]: 3 
Aircraft
Aircraft type Convair CV-240[2]
Operator L & J Company of
Addison, Texas
Call sign 5 VICTOR MIKE
Registration N55VM
Flight origin Greenville Downtown Airport (Greenville, South Carolina)
Stopover McComb-Pike County Airport, Pike County, Mississippi (emergency attempt)
Destination Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (Louisiana)
Occupants 26
Passengers 24
Crew 2
Fatalities 6
Survivors 20
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The flight departed Greenville, South Carolina for Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ultimately crashing near Gillsburg, Mississippi
On October 20, 1977, a Convair CV-240 passenger aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi, United States. Chartered by the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd from L & J Company of Addison, Texas, it was flying from Greenville, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, crashing near its destination.[3][4]
Lynyrd Skynyrd lead vocalist and founding member Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist and vocalist Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines (Steve's older sister), assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, Captain Walter McCreary and First Officer William John Gray all died as a result of the crash, while twenty others survived.

Gary Rossington, the last original member of legendary rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died
SOURCE URL: https://youtu.be/QxIWDmmqZzY


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  • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 3 weeks, 1 day ago
    An acquaintance of mine opened for the band pre-covid. He told me the name, but all I can recall is he sad he was an older gentleman. This Skynyrd band member welcomed his band to the southern rock scene, essentially legitimizing and validating him and his band as performers. That statement resonated and I noticed he had more of a swagger from that day forward.

    Unfortunately as they started to gain momentum on a national/global scale and shortly after covid hit.I'm not sure what happened with him and his band.
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