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Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special bassist Larry Junstrom passed away at age 70

News 08/10/2019

Founding member and ex-bassist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Larry Junstrom has passed away at the age of 70. 

The news was shared via 38 Special band's Facebook page, his longtime band.

The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us.

"He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream," his former bandmates wrote. "He was truly one of a kind, a congenial travelling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high - a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path. There will never be another like him."

Lastly, they send their condolences to the Junstrom family, "We are sending our devoted love, strength and comfort to his wife Thania and Larry's family. We will miss our friend and partner."

Junstrom was one of the founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd back in 1964 alongside his schoolmates, Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins and Bob Burns.

He left the group seven years later before they recorded their debut album, 'Pronounced Leh-nerd- Skin-nerd'.

Junstrom later joined Van Zant's younger brother Donnie's band, 38 Special. He appeared on all twelve of the band's studio albums since 1977 debut to their latest 2004 Drivetrain. He retired from the 38 Special recently in 2014 due to a hand injury.