Late Lynyrd Skynyrd members to join Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame

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MIAMI, Okla. – Two members of Lynyrd Skynyrd killed in a plane crash at the Southern rock band’s peak will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

The Miami News-Record reports guitarist Steve Gaines and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines will be inducted Saturday in Miami, where the siblings were raised. Both were killed along with lead singer Ronnie Van Zant when the band’s chartered plane crashed in Mississippi in 1977.

Gene Odom was Van Zant’s bodyguard and says he will travel to Miami to honor the brother and sister. Odom recalled them as close to each other and easygoing.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is currently on a tour that the current band has said will be the last. The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

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