Lynyrd Skynyrd's Powell dies in Florida at 56

AP) ORANGE PARK, Fla. - 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.

Hank Williams, Jr. released a statement, saying, "I will truly miss Billy. We have all lost one of our best rowdy friends."

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

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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