Van Zant Family Patriarch Dies
The father of the late Ronnie Van Zant (founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd), Johnny Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Donnie Van Zant of 38 Special, as well as two daughters – Darlene and Marlene – Lacy was well-known as the Father of Southern Rock.
He died peacefully at home in Jacksonville, Fla. surrounded by his family. Funeral arrangements have not been announced
Lynyrd Skynyrd will postpone or cancel their August 6 show in Louisville, Ky., and their August 7 show in Greenville, Wis. 38 Special will postpone or cancel their shows on August 5 (Rama, Ontario), August 6 (Rockland, Maine) and August 7 (Hughesville, Pa.).
It’s not clear if any of the shows will be rescheduled.
A memorial fund has been set up in Lacy’s memory. In lieu of flowers, fans and friends are encouraged to make donations to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida: www.communityhospice.com/who_foundation.htm.