Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Founding Drummer Dies at 64

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Lynyrd Skynyrd’s founding drummer has passed away at the age of 64. The New York Timesreports that musician Robert Burns Jr. died in a car accident in Cartersville, Georgia, on Friday. According to the outlet, Burns helped found the Southern rock act — known for hits such as “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama” — in 1964 and left the group 10 years later. Burns briefly reunited with the band in 1996 to promote Free Bird: The Movie, a documentary about the band’s early years. He also joined the surviving members of the group in 2006 for its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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