FREAK SADNESS

Posted: January 28, 2009 by John Renshaw in Freak Stuff

A keyboardist for the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has died at his northeast Florida home.

Orange Park Police Lt. Mark Cornett says 56-year-old keyboard player Billy Powell called 911 about 12:55 a.m. Wednesday saying he was having trouble breathing. Rescue crews performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at 1:52 a.m.

Cornett says no foul play is suspected and an autopsy will not be performed.

He says Powell missed a Tuesday appointment with his doctor for a cardiac evaluation. A heart attack is suspected.

Powell was one of two surviving band members who were with the group before a 1977 plane crash that killed three of its members.

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Comments
  1. Brad says:

    This is terrible news. I heard it this morning and was crushed. Luckily I was on the recent Lynyrd Skynyrd cruise to the Bahamas and was able to see his final 2 shows. Billy was a great piano player and will be missed greatly. Thanks for keeping Skynyrd rockin’ Freak!!!

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