Guitarist Ed King, who was a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1972 to 1975, and then again from 1987 to 1996, has passed away this Tuesday (August 22) at the age of 68.
Ed’s death was announced through his Facebook page with the following note:
“It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Ed King who died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on August 22nd, 2018. We thank his many friends and fans for their love and support of Ed during his life and career.”
The cause of death currently remains unknown, but it was reported that King had recently been hospitalized during his battle with lung cancer.
Among his contributions to the Skynyrd discography, King delivered guitar and bass track on the band’s first two studio albums – 1973’s “(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)” and 1974 “Second Helping,” which feature such staple Skynyrd tunes as “Free Bird,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Simple Man,” “Call Me the Breeze,” and more.