Skynyrd's Gary recovering after heart attack
Band cancel 2 shows as guitarist Rossington's family say they came "very close to losing him"
Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gary Rossington is recovering at home after suffering a heart attack.
The guitarist – who's the band's last remaining original member – underwent surgery and his family asked fans via a Facebook post to pray for him.
Also on Facebook, the band have issued an update which says Rossington, 63, is expected to make a full recovery. However, two shows have been cancelled as a result.
Skynyrd say: "As Gary recuperates after suffering a heart attack late last week, the band regrets to announce that they’ll be cancelling two upcoming performances. Full refunds are available at points of purchase for Friday’s show in Terre Haute, IN, and the Mt Pleasant, MI, show will be rescheduled in 2016.
"Gary is currently resting at home with his family and is expected to make a full recovery."
Rossington's daughter Mary Elizabeth broke the news of her father's condition in a post on the Ronnie Van Zant Facebook fan page. She said: “They went in to repair and unclog the two stents they did previously in the year which had a blood clot, added a third stent to one vein and in two weeks we will need to go in to do a fourth stent in one of his bypassed veins from 12 years ago.
“We were very close to losing him this time and just pray that they will develop even better techniques soon to deal with heart disease."