Robert Burns Jr. — drummer for the legendary Souther rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd — died on Friday night when his car left a dark road and plowed into a tree.
The New York Daily News reported that Burns was driving alone and not wearing his seatbelt when he went off a curve and plowed into a mailbox and then a tree in Cartersville, Georgia, killing him.
Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Tracey Watson confirmed Burns’ death and said that investigators are trying to determine what factors might have played into the crash.
Burns was a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and was on board the band’s plane when it crashed in rural Mississippi in 1977, killing three band members, the band’s tour manager and both pilots.
The band was known for its hits “Freebird,” “Gimme Three Steps” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”