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Van Zant knew he wouldn't live to see 30
He was the oldest son of six children 3 sisters and 2 brothers - musicians Donnie and Johnny. They soon formed what would become Lynyrd Skynyrd. At the height of their fame, on October 20, , their chartered plane crashed. Ronnie was killed along with band members Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie. Sign In. Edit Ronnie Van Zant. Showing all 37 items. On June 29 , his grave was vandalized, this prompted his family to move his remains to an unknown location. The song "Freebird" is now played as a musical tribute in Ronnie's memory.
Read our account of the plane crash that claimed the life of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant, including new recollections from a survivor. The scary incident convinced the group that they needed to upgrade their vehicle to something befitting their status as one of the biggest acts in music. Their latest album, Street Survivors , had gone gold upon its release three days earlier, and the first five dates of the accompanying tour had been met with rapturous crowds throughout their native Southland.
When Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant died in a plane crash at the age of 29, music fans were shocked and saddened, but the accident seemed to make good on dark premonitions the singer had been sharing for years. Aside from being something that could have been averted, the crash has the air of an urban legend surrounding it. On the evening of October 20, , the band boarded their chartered Convair CV , a plane that was built in the s and that had taken nearly 30, flights. The band would have had better luck flying a tin can to Baton Rouge. Not only did it not have enough fuel to make the trip, but its right engine had been sputtering and shooting flames during its most recent flights.