Jimmie Van Zant Dies

JACKSONVILLE, FL (CelebrityAccess) — Jimmie Van Zant, roots rock artist and cousin of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant, has died. He was 59.

"It is with a very heavy heart that we inform you that Jimmie Van Zant has passed away today holding his wife's hand. His very close friends, Steve & Sue Prindel were alongside Jimmie & Zohra, as Jimmie transitioned. We ask that you keep Jimmie, Zohra and all of his loved ones in your thoughts & prayers. We also ask that you respect their need for privacy in this very sad and difficult time. Thank you. God bless you and let the Freebird Fly !!!" a post on Van Zant's Facebook page said.

Van Zant had been battling liver cancer for several years and died in hospice, according to The Daily Banner.

Van Zant and his band, known for their southern and roots rock, had released a trio of albums over the course of Van Zant's career, The Jimmie Van Zant Band (1996), Southern Comfort (2000) and Feels Like Freedom (2012). – Staff Writers

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