WASHINGTON – Bob Burns, the original drummer in legendary Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, was killed in a car crash this weekend in Georgia, the Georgia State Patrol and the band said.
The 64-year-old Burns died when he lost control of his automobile on Friday night, hitting a mail box and a tree in Cartersville, Georgia.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident and investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash.
Robert Lewis Burns Jr. was one of the five founding members of the rock band, which was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1965 and named for high school gym teacher Leonard Skinner.
Burns left Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1974 after the band charted with the huge hits “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.”
Of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s other original members, only guitar player Gary Rossington is still with the band.
Singer Ronnie Van Zant was killed in a plane crash in 1977 and base player Larry Junstrom and guitarist Allen Collins later left the band.
“Today I’m at a loss for words but I just remember Bob being a funny guy,” Rossington said on the band’s official Facebook page. “My heart goes out to his family and God bless him and them in this sad time. He was a great great drummer.”