Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington is updating fans on his progress as he recovers from a heart attack he suffered on October 8.
“I just wanted to thank everyone for all the well wishes and support,” says Rossington. “I am feeling better and taking it one day at a time and getting excellent care and support from my doctor and family.
“I will be back before you know it! It’s gonna take more than a lil ole heart attack to keep me down… Much love and see you all soon!"
Rossington’s daughter, Mary Elizabeth, broke the news on Sunday, saying “Dad had a heart attack on Thursday. They went in to repair and unclog the two stents they did previously in the year which had a blood clot, 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.”
Both his daughter and the band have issued statements saying that Rossington is expected to make a full recovery.
Following the incident, Lynyrd Skynyrd cancelled a pair of upcoming performances, including an October 16 date in Terre Haute, IN and an October 17 show in Mt. Pleasant, MI, with full refunds available for both at point of purchase.
Rossington is the sole remaining founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, whose roots trace back to 1964 in Jacksonville, FL.
On October 23, Lynyrd Skynyrd will release “Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin'nérd & Second Helping – Live From Jacksonville At The Florida Theatre” on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats.
The set captures the legendary Southern rock band performing their first two studio albums – 1973’s “Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd” and 1974’s “Second Helping” – live in their entirety for the first time before a hometown crowd.
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