Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, died August 22, at his home in Nashville. He was 68 years old and had been battling cancer.
King joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1972 and helped write some of their biggest hits, including "Sweet Home Alabama."
He left the band in 1975, two years before the plane crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant along with guitarist Steve Gaines, who had replaced King, and Gaines sister Cassie, who was a backup singer for the band.
King rejoined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1987 and left again in 1996 due to congestive heart failure. As part of the band, he was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2006.
King was an original member of the group strawberry alarm clock, best known for the 1967 hit "Incense and peppermints."