Former LYNYRD SKYNYRD Guitarist ED KING Dead At 68

Former LYNYRD SKYNYRD Guitarist ED KING Dead At 68

Former LYNYRD SKYNYRD guitarist Ed King died Wednesday. He was 68 years old. Although a cause of death has not yet been revealed, he had been reportedly been battling lung cancer and had recently been hospitalized.

King's family confirmed his passing on his Facebook page. They wrote: "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."

LYNYRD SKYNYRD founder Gary Rossington said he was "shocked and saddened" by King's passing. "Ed was our brother, and a great songwriter and guitar player," he wrote. "I know he will be reunited with the rest of the boys in rock and roll heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon and his family."

King — known for co-writing LYNYRD SKYNYRD's classic song "Sweet Home Alabama" — was also a founding member of '60s psychedelic band STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK. He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006 as a member of LYNYRD SKYNYRD. King performed on the band's first three albums — "Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd" (1973), 1974's "Second Helping" (1974) and "Nuthin' Fancy" (1975). He played with LYNYRD SKYNYRD from 1972 to 1975, and again from 1987 to 1996.

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