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Ronnie Van Zant
Birth: Jan. 15, 1948
Jacksonville
Duval County
Florida, USA
Death: Oct. 20, 1977
Gillsburg
Amite County
Mississippi, USA

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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 Parents:
  Lacy Van Zant (1915 - 2004)
  Marion Virginia Hicks Van Zant (1929 - 2000)
 
 Sibling:
  Infant Vanzant (1941 - 1941)**
  Ronnie Van Zant (1948 - 1977)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Riverside Memorial Park
Jacksonville
Duval County
Florida, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Soorus
Record added: Sep 01, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6742069
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- Nora Leibowitz
 Added: Jul. 23, 2014
Your spirit was with us last night Ronnie! Johnny's doing ya proud!
- DEE CASTLE
 Added: Jul. 23, 2014
Your spirit was with us last night Ronnie! Johnny's doing ya proud!
- DEE CASTLE
 Added: Jul. 23, 2014
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