According to a Facebook post from the classic rockers 38 Special, founding Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Larry ‘LJ’ Junstrom has died at the age of 70.

‘The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us,’ the post reads. ‘He rocked arenas all over the world and succeeded in living his dream. He was truly one of a kind, a congenial traveling companion and a great friend to all with a humorous slant on life that always kept our spirits high — a kind man with a big heart for everyone who crossed his path. There will never be another like him. We are sending our devoted love, strength and comfort to his wife Thania and Larry's family. We will miss our friend and partner.’

Junstrom was a member of Skynyrd in an early incarnation, quitting before studio sessions for the band’s first LP, Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (1973). He joined 38 Special four years later, where he remained until he retired from touring in 2014.

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