The 'Big Man On The Big Bass' was 70 years old. Pic: Getty

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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Larry Knechtel 1940–2009

LARRY KNECHTEL, A CHARTER MEMBER OF LOS ANGELES’S famed “Wrecking Crew” team of studio players, passed away in Yakima, Washington on August 20th, 2009. His extraordinary talents on a variety of instruments were surpassed only by his humility and love for his family. A Grammy winner for his piano playing and arranging on Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Larry also played bass guitar on a phenomenal range of records, including The Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man”, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” and The Doors’ selftitled debut album, which included the breakthrough hit “Light My Fire”. His melodic lines, fat tone, and unique phrasing made him one of a select few who defined the art of recording the Fender Bass in the ’60s. Larry was a soulful, earthy, and brilliant musician, and was all those things and more as a person. He is survived by his wife Vicki, and children Lonnie and Shelli. Rest In Peace, brother.