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Lynyrd Skynyrd Guitarist Dead at 68

Ed King also played in Strawberry Alarm Clock
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2018 5:50 PM CDT
Ed King in 1975.   (AP Photo, File)
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(Newser) – Ed King—a founding member of '60s rock band Strawberry Alarm Clock and, later, a guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd—has died. He was 68. "It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Ed King who died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee on August 22nd, 2018. We thank his many friends and fans for their love and support of Ed during his life and career," a post on King's Facebook page reads. King, who had recently been hospitalized, had lung cancer, the Guardian reports, though a cause of death has not been given. King joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1972, per Rolling Stone, and played on the band's first three albums until he "tired of the Skynyrd drama and propensity for fighting" and left the band in 1975. King is known for contributing to the Strawberry Alarm Clock hit "Incense and Peppermints," as well as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," according to AV Club. (Read more Lynyrd Skynyrd stories.)

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