Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies aged 68
Ed King, the man behind iconic track Sweet Home Alabama, has died at his Nashville home aged 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, A post on Facebook read.
We thank his many friends and fans for their love and support of Ed during his life and career.
It has previously been reported he was suffering from lung cancer, although its not known if that was the cause of death.
It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Ed King who died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on August 22nd,…
Lynyrd Skynryd bandmate Gary Rossington paid tribute to the late rocker, calling him his brother.
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, he wrote.
The rocher was a founding member of 60s band Strawberry Alarm Clock and later joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1972.
He recorded on the bands first three albums, and famously co-wrote Sweet Home Alabama.
He quit the band in 1975 after a fight with the bands singer Ronnie Van Zant.
Ed rejoined Lynyrd Skynrd in 1987 but was forced to leave again in 1996 due to congestive heart failure.