We are very sad to report that original Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, the only original member who did not grow up in Jacksonville Florida but was a Southern Californian they met when he was in the Strawberry Alarm Clock, died at his home in Nashville August 22. Ed King was 68 and had been hospitalized recently suffering from lung cancer. He and his wife told me as far back as the mi-1990s that Ed had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and at one point King was on a list for a heart transplant, but doctors decided to treat his condition with a drug protocol instead. Eventually King did have the heart transplant in 2011.
In addition to this interview with Ed discussing his earliest days with Lynyrd Skynyrd, there are links below to additional exclusive interviews which he shared with me here In the Studio  over the years. –Redbeard