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Ronnie Van Zant
Birth: Jan. 15, 1948
Duval County
Florida, USA
Death: Oct. 20, 1977
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. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 

Cause of death: Plane crash
Jacksonville Memory Gardens *
Orange Park
Clay County
Florida, USA
Plot: In front of the main office, just at the left side of the fork at the main entrance off Blanding Blvd
GPS (lat/lon): 30.18229, -81.73866
*Former burial location
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Thank you for the music and awesome memories. Free as the Winds. Fly high!
- C
 Added: Sep. 19, 2017

- Janis•E
 Added: Sep. 19, 2017
Remembering this tough guy, the original "free bird" and leader of a great American band, as the 40th approaches...
- Lalo Palacios, Skynyrd Fan
 Added: Sep. 17, 2017
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