Ronnie Van Zant

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Ronnie Van Zant

Birth
Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
Death 20 Oct 1977 (aged 29)
Gillsburg, Amite County, Mississippi, USA
Burial Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 6742069 · View Source
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Musician. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he was the lead singer and a founding member of the 1970s Southern rock band "Lynyrd Skynyrd". Together with guitarist Allen Collins, he co-wrote many of the band's hit songs to include "The Ballad of Curtis Loew", "Sweet Home Alabama", "Mr. Saturday Night Special" and "Freebird". On October 20, 1977, with band members Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines and assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, he was killed when the band's chartered flight to Baton Rouge crashed due to mechanical problems in west Mississippi. Due to the June 29th, 2000, vandalizing of his original grave site, his casket was moved to this new location and buried in a massive underground concrete burial vault. To open the vault would require a Tractor with a lift capability of several tons. It is also patrolled by security.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Soorus
  • Added: 1 Sep 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6742069
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ronnie Van Zant (15 Jan 1948–20 Oct 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6742069, citing Riverside Memorial Park, Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .