Former drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd dies in car crash

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Former drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd dies in car crash

Postby Unit_1 on Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:04 pm

RIP



CARTERSVILLE, Ga – The former drummer and a founding member of the Southern hard rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Robert Burns Jr., died late Friday in a single-vehicle crash in Georgia, police and his father said.

Burns' vehicle went off a road just before midnight as it approached a curve near Cartersville, striking a mailbox and a tree, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson said. Burns, 64, was killed in the wreck. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

The single-vehicle accident remains under investigation, and Watson said further details were not immediately available.

Burns was one of five musicians who founded the band in Jacksonville, Florida. While Burns was with the group, it recorded "Sweet Home Alabama," ''Gimme Three Steps," and "Free Bird." He left the group in 1974.

He continued to play for fun or in guest appearances nationally, said his father, Robert Burns Sr. Early on, the group played in the Burns' family garage.

"He was a product of his mother, so far as manners is concerned," the elder Burns said. "He had the manners that would suit the King of England. Very soft-spoken and extremely well-mannered person to come out of that kind of industry."
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Re: Former drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd dies in car crash

Postby Strat59 on Mon Apr 06, 2015 2:09 am

Sad news. Never known of any other band where tragedy surrounds it so much.

Saw them here in Melbourne, Australia late last year. Came down from Beijing to catch them...... SO GLAD I did, they played for well over 2 hrs and were SUPERB. Absolutely at the top of their game.

Not a bad Legacy to have played on those Classic tracks. :not_worthy:
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Re: Former drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd dies in car crash

Postby mtm105 on Sat Dec 26, 2015 5:27 am

Aritimus was a stateside Marine during Vietnam and was awarded for professionalism, until his Dad passed and he got an early discharge to take care of business at home.

He succumbed to a nasty child abuse scandal which is too graphic to get into detail.
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