Legendary Southern rock figure Lacy Van Zant died last night (Aug. 3) at his home in Jacksonville, Fla., due to chronic pulmonary illness. He was 89.

Legendary Southern rock figure Lacy Van Zant died last night (Aug. 3) at his home in Jacksonville, Fla., due to chronic pulmonary illness. He was 89.

The father of the late Ronnie Van Zant (founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd), current Skynyrd frontman Johnny Van Zant and 38 Special's Donnie Van Zant, as well as daughters Darlene and Marlene, Lacy was known as the "Father of Southern Rock." A retired truck driver, he frequently took to the road with his sons' bands, and was a backstage fixture on Skynyrd's celebrated reunion tour in 1987.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will postpone or cancel shows scheduled for Aug. 6 in Louisville and Aug. 7 in Greenville, Wis. 38 Special will postpone or cancel shows Aug. 5 in Rama, Ontario; Aug. 6 in Rockland, Maine; and Aug. 7 in Hughesville, Penn.

A memorial fund has been set up in Van Zant's memory. In lieu of flowers, fans and friends are encouraged to make donations to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.