Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special Bassist Larry Junstrom Dead at 70
Published Oct 07, 2019Larry Junstrom, best known as a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special, has passed away. He was 70.
A cause of death has not yet been revealed.
On Sunday (October 6), 38 Special confirmed the news of Junstrom's passing via social media, sharing a tribute message to the late bassist.
"The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us," they wrote. "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."
Lynyrd Skynyrd have since shared a message of their own.
Junstrom was a founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, playing bass in the band from 1964 until 1971. He eventually joined 38 Special (led by Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant's younger brother, Donnie Van Zant) in 1976. Junstrom appeared on all of the band's studio albums, the last of which arrived in 2004.
Junstrom stopped playing with 38 Special following a hand injury in 2014.
He is survived by his wife Thania.