It’s a sad day for fans of old-school southern rock, as Ed King–the guitarist who played on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s first four albums, and cowrote the hit “Sweet Home Alabama”–has passed away at the age of 68.
“It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Ed King who died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on August 22nd, 2018. We thank his many friends and fans for their love and support of Ed during his life and career.”
The cause of death was not given, but King had been suffering from–and was recently hospitalized for–lung cancer.
Original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington released a statement today, in the wake of King’s passing.
“I’ve just found out about Ed’s passing and I’m shocked and saddened,” he said. “Ed was our brother, and a great songwriter and guitar player. I know he will be reunited with the rest of the boys in Rock and Roll Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
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