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Lynyrd Skynyrd Founding Member, Dead at 70

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Larry Junstrom, founding member and bassist for classic rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died, his former bandmates in rock group 38 Special wrote on Facebook. He was 70 years old.

“The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us,” 38 Special’s Facebook post reads. “He rocked arena all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. He was truly one of a kind, a congenial traveling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high — a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path. There will never be another like him. We are sending our devoted love, strength and comfort to his wife Thania and Larry’s family. We will miss our friend and partner.”Junstrom formed Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1964 alongside his high school classmates Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins and Bob Burns. He left the group in 1971 prior to the recording of their debut album, Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd.

The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us.He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. He was…

Posted by 38 Special on Sunday, October 6, 2019

Junstrom appeared on all 12 of 38 Special’s studio albums, from their self-titled 1977 debut to 2004’s Drivetrain, before a hand injury forced him to retire from the group in 2014. “I know everyone tells you their fans are the best, but nobody is more loyal than a 38 fan,” he said. “We give 110 percent at everything we do and that shows in our ability to survive the trends in the music business.”

Junstrom’s cause of death is unclear.

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