SAD NEWS: .38 Special Bassist Larry Junstrom Dies

Bassist Larry Junstrom, best known for his work with .38 Special, has died at the age of 70.

"The Big Man on the Big Bass has left us," .38 Special shared on Facebook. "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.” They add, “There will never be another like him.”

Junstrom was actually the founding bassist in Lynyrd Skynyrd, starting the group in 1964 with his high school friends Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, Allen Collins and Bob Burns. He left the band in 1971 before they recorded their debut album, joining .38 Special six years later, appearing on all 12 of their albums.