Jimmie Van Zant passed away at the age of 59 of Liver Cancer at a private residence in hospice care surrounded by family and friends. The southern rockers Facebook page put up the announcement shortly after his death on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

It is with a very heavy heart that we inform you that Jimmie Van Zant has passed away today holding his wife’s hand. His very close friends, Steve & Sue Prindel were alongside Jimmie & Zohra, as Jimmie transitioned. We ask that you keep Jimmie, Zohra and all of his loved ones in your thoughts & prayers. We also ask that you respect their need for privacy in this very sad and difficult time. Thank you. God bless you and let the Freebird Fly !!!

Van Zant was on the Liver donor list for a few years awaiting a new liver but that did not happen in time to save his life. Jimmie was cousins to Lynryd Skynyrd fame, Ronnie & Johnny Van Zant as well as cousins with 38 Special’s Donnie Van Zant.