Bob Burns, the original drummer and a founding member of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died in a car crash in Cartersville, Georgia, on April 3rd, 2015. He was 64. Burnsâ€™ vehicle veered off-road just before midnight, striking a mailbox and a tree. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was the only person in the car during the single-vehicle accident. Burns, whose full name is Robert Burns Jr., was one of Lynyrd Skynyrdâ€™s five founding members. He left the group in 1974 after playing drums on their first two albums, 1973â€™s â€œ(Pronounced â€˜LÄ•h-â€˜nÃ©rd â€˜Skin-â€˜nÃ©rd)â€ and 1974â€™s â€œSecond Helping.â€ The band had recorded such hits as â€œSweet Home Alabamaâ€ and â€œFree Birdâ€ by then. Artimus Pyle replaced him as drummer for 1975â€™s â€œNuthinâ€™ Fancy.â€ Burns rejoined Lynyrd Skynyrd onstage more than three decades later at the bandâ€™s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony performance in 2006.
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