Ronnie Van Zant Of Lynyrd Skynyrd Predicted His Own Death

By Jacob Shelton
Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd in a recording studio, August 12, 1977. Photo by Tom Hill/WireImage

When Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant died in a plane crash at the age of 29, music fans were shocked and saddened, but the accident seemed to make good on dark premonitions the singer had been sharing for years. As far as rock ’n roll legends go, the plane crash that killed three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd -- Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines -- as well as members of their crew and the pilots is one story that never fades away. Aside from being something that could have been averted, the crash has the air of an urban legend surrounding it. Members of the band were involved in car accidents leading up to the crash, many of their songs were about characters who lived on the razor’s edge between life and death, and then there was the fact that Ronnie Van Zant predicted his death multiple times.