Leonard Skinner, Inspiration Of Lynyrd Skynyrd Passes
September 21, 2010 at 9:22 AM (PT)
The inspiration for the name of the band LYNYRD SKYNYRD, LEONARD SKINNER, has passed away. The former gym teacher was 77 when he died at a nursing home in RIVERSIDE, FL yesterday (9/20). The former teacher and basketball coach had battled Alzheimer's disease.
SKINNER had a reputation for sending male students to the principal’s office if he felt their hair was too long. Former students included SKYNYRD founding members RONNIE VAN ZANT and GARY ROSSINGTON. RONNIE died, along with several other original members in a 1977 plane crash.