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Skynyrd's Van Zant has appendix removed

Band's frontman will miss several shows on West Coast
/ Source: The Associated Press

Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant had his appendix removed in emergency surgery, the band’s manager said.

Van Zant, 46, came out of surgery at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., on Thursday night, said manager Ross Schilling. His condition was not immediately available.

“He had been feeling bad the past couple of days,” Schilling told The Associated Press. “He had performances Tuesday and Wednesday and sucked it up last night as far as performing with some pain.”

On Thursday morning, the singer went to see a doctor, who determined through an ultrasound that the appendix was severely inflamed and emergency surgery was needed, Schilling said.

Van Zant is expected to need at least a week to recover, forcing the cancellation of shows in Mountain View, Calif.; Twentynine Palms, Calif.; and Henderson, Nev.

He also won’t attend Tuesday’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, where he and his brother, Donnie, are nominated for duo of the year for their work performing as Van Zant.

Their brother Ronnie Van Zant was a founding member of the Southern rock group best known for songs such as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.”

Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines were killed in a plane crash in Mississippi in 1977.