October 13, 2015 – Last original Lynyrd Skynyrd member Gary Rossington has been staying under observation after suffering a serious heart attack Oct. 8. He has a long history of heart problems and had a quintuple bypass in 2003.
Rossington’s daughter Mary Elizabeth posted the news at the Ronnie Van Zant fan page on Facebook:
“We were very close to losing him this time and just pray that they will develop even better techniques soon to deal with heart disease,”
“They went in to repair and unclog the two stents they did previously in the year which had a blood clot,” his daughter notes, “added a third stent to one vein and in two weeks we will need to go in to do a fourth stent in one of his bypassed veins from 12 years ago.”
Rossington was also hospitalized earlier this year with an abdominal infection that forced Skynyrd to cancel a tour date. At the moment two upcoming Skynyrd shows — Terre Haute, Indiana and Mt. Pleasant, Michigan — have been put on hold and will be rescheduled in 2016.