Bob Burns of Lynryd Skynyrd, inductee during 21st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in New York City, NY.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd founding member Bob Burns dies in car crash

Bob Burns, a founding member and one-time drummer of the iconic Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a car crash Friday night in Georgia, according to authorities and the band. He was 64.

Burns’ car slipped off the road and into a tree when he was making a tight turn in Bartow County, about 50 miles from Atlanta, a Georgia State Patrol spokesman told NBC affiliate WXIA. The spokesman said Burns was not wearing a seat belt and died on the scene.

Burns joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964 before the band shot to fame. The group recorded “Sweet Home Alabama,” “I Need You” and “Free Bird” while Burns was the drummer. He left the band in 1974.

Well, today I’m at a loss for words, but I just remember Bob being a funny guy. He was just so funny, he used to do…

Posted by Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday, April 4, 2015
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s guitarist Gary Rossington continues to tour under the band’s name. Rossington wrote on the band’s Facebook page Saturday that he coincidentally took a sentimental drive past Burns’ old home while visiting Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday. “It was there in the carport where we used to first start to practice with Skynyrd,” Rossington wrote.

“I’m at a loss for words, but I just remember Bob being a funny guy,” Rossington said. “My heart goes out to his family and God bless him and them in this sad time. He was a great great drummer.”

This story originally appeared on NBCNews.com

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Lynyrd Skynyrd founding member Bob Burns dies in car crash