Music fans learned terrible news when longtime Lynyrd Skynyrd legend, Ed King, died suddenly at home on August 22nd, 2018. He was 68 years old.
Ed King was most famous for his out of this world guitar skills paired with his revolutionary songwriting skills. His most iconic contribution to Lynyrd Skynyrd were the lyrics to their most recognizable song, "Sweet Home Alabama."
A cause of death has yet to be shared, and his death is believed to have come as a shock to all.
His family announced his passing on his Facebook page with a status that read: “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.”
Celebrities and fans alike took to social media to share their devastation over his loss. Gary Rossington, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s current guitarist, shared his shock on Facebook.
He wrote: “I’ve just found out about Ed’s passing and I’m shocked and saddened. 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 Sharon and his family.”
Ed played guitar in Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972-1975 and again from 1987 to 1996. According to Food Republic, his time with the band ended in 1996 due to congestive heart failure. It is unclear as to whether or not congestive heart failure is the reason for his death.
Please pray for his family and friends who are grieving Ed’s loss with utter shock.
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