The talented musician helped write the massive hit, Sweet Home Alabama.
Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist and Sweet Home Alabama co-writer, Ed King, has died aged 68 at his home in Nashville Tennessee.
The talented guitarist had been battling lung cancer and had recently been hospitalised for the disease.
King first joined Skynyrd in 1972 to replace Leon Wilkeson on bass. He left in 1975 during the band 's Torture Tour, then rejoined them in 1987 and stayed until 1996, when he was forced to leave due to congestive heart failure. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside several members of the band in 2006.
His family released a statement on his Facebook page at the sad news of his passing:
His grand daughter, Kirsten King, also posted a heartfelt tribute on social media.
My Grandfather, Ed King, passed away last night. He lived one hell of a life and he left behind a lot of people who cared for him including my father. It truly was a blessing to have had the chance to spend time with him a little over a year ago. #Edking pic.twitter.com/JTMfGGw0cd— Kirsten King💕 (@kirstenkayyyy) 23 August 2018
His previous Lynyrd Skynyrd band members were shocked to hear of his passing and posted a tribute to the band's official Twitter page.
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 & Roll Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon and his family. -Gary Rossington— Lynyrd Skynyrd (@Skynyrd) 23 August 2018