Bassist Donald "Ean" Evans of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has died of cancer at his home in Mississippi, the band said today.
Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said Evans died on Wednesday. He was 48.
A statement posted today on lynyrdskynyrd.com announced Evans' death "with profound sadness". It said he had "put up a valiant battle with an aggressive form of cancer".
Evans was born in Atlanta and moved to Columbus in eastern Mississippi after marrying his wife, Eva.
He joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2001 and had been touring regularly with the band until being diagnosed with cancer in 2008, when he cut back on performances.
Survivors include his wife and two daughters.