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- Posted on Jan 28th 2009 1:00PM by Benjy Eisen
According to local newspaper the Florida-Times Union, Powell called 911 himself, but following CPR from rescue workers, was pronounced dead at 1:52 AM.
Powell took music lessons while attending military boarding school in Florida, and majored in music theory in college, but his true rock 'n' roll education began when he became a roadie for Lynyrd Skynyrd. In 1972, he graduated when he accepted the position of the band's keyboardist. Quite simply, they heard him play and hired him on the spot.Four years later, Powell survived the plane crash that killed three of his bandmates and their manager. At the time, it was the end of the line for Lynyrd Skynyrd, but Powell persevered, continuing to play music in various other bands including the Rossington-Collins Band (featuring fellow Skynyrd alum), his own band Alias and Christian rockers Vision.
When surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited in 1987, with fallen frontman Ronnie Van Zant's younger brother Johnny filling in, Powell was on board. He was an integral part of the reunited band and remained solid as such, straight on until now.
Lynyrd Skynyrd's upcoming scheduled southern gigs will be cancelled for now. Van Zant told the Florida Times-Union, "That old saying, the show must go on, always counts. Unless you die."
Perhaps bringing things full circle, Powell's defining moment was and is his keyboard solo in 'Freebird' -- an encore song with the lyrics, "If I leave here tomorrow/Would you still remember me?" For his friends and all his fans, the answer of course, is yes.
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