Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist & ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ Co-Writer Ed King Has Dead

King's addition provided the sound Skynyrd would become known for

The Lynyrd Skynyrd Family has lost another of its brothers. Former Skynyrd guitarist Ed King has passed away.

King, who joined Skynyrd in 1972 and gave the Southern rock legends their iconic three-guitar sound, died yesterday in his Nashville home. He had reportedly been battling cancer. 

The 68-year-old was an original member of the psychedelic rock group Strawberry Alarm Clock before joining Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Leon Wilkeson, and Billy Powell in the early years of Skynyrd.

Rossington, one of only two living original members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, took to social media to share his condolences:

King appeared on the band's first three albums: 1973's (Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd), 1974's Second Helping, and 1975's Nuthin’ Fancy. He left the band in 1975 for a host of reasons, most of which are detailed in the documentary If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd. But before his exit from the band, King left an indelible mark on Skynyrd, Southern rock, and music with perhaps his most legendary contribution being as a co-writer on the Skynyrd classic "Sweet Home Alabama."