One more former member of Lynyrd Skynyrd has died in a tragic accident.
64-year-old Robert Burns Jr., a drummer and former member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died in a car crash, according to Reuters. The accident happened in Georgia on Friday night. According to the Georgia State Patrol report, via Reuters, Burns was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The remaining members of Lynyrd Skynyrd continued to perform in 2015.
For reasons yet unreported, the car went off the road, striking a mailbox and a tree near Cartersville, northwest of Atlanta. Burns, the only occupant of the vehicle, was the only one harmed in the accident. The crash is still being investigated, but this is all the information released so far.
Burns was part of the Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup since the band’s inception in 1964. Burns was one of the founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, best known for hits including "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama."
He remained in the group from its inception in the mid-1960s in Jacksonville, Florida until 1974, performing on the band's debut album, "Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd." He finally left the band after growing tired of life on the road and was replaced with drummer Artimus Pyle, the band's biography said. Apparently starting a chain of tragedy, the band's singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and vocalist Cassie Gaines were killed when their plane crashed in Mississippi. Pyle survived.