Obituaries: Donald “Ean” Evans, Vern Gosdin and Danny Gans

Bassist Donald “Ean” Evans of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd died May 6 after a battle with cancer. He was 48.

In a statement posted on lynyrdskynyrd.com the band said, “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of longtime Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans. Ean put up a valiant battle with an aggressive form of cancer and he will be sorely missed by family, friends and fans.”

Evans 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 with the band.

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Award-winning singer Vern Gosdin died April 28 at the age of 74.

During his career, he sang gospel music, bluegrass, folk-rock and then country. His hits included “Chiseled In Stone,” “Set ’em Up Joe,” “I Can Tell By The Way You Dance” and “I’m Still Crazy.” Gosdin wrote or co-wrote many of his recordings. In the late 1960s, he also wrote “Someone to Turn To,” which was recorded by the Byrds for the soundtrack of the movie “Easy Rider.”

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Singer-actor-impressionist Danny Gans, who spent more than a decade as one of the most popular entertainers in Las Vegas, died May 1 at age 52.

Gans performed his one-man show four times a week at Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas. He was also involved in Vegas-area fundraisers and charities. Gans held a pro-am golf tournament to raise money for the Danny Gans Junior Golf Academy, which finances golf programs for children, and helped raise some $250,000 to build the Lili Claire Family Resource Center to promote awareness of Williams Syndrome and other neurogenetic disorders and birth defects. Gans also hosted an annual 5K run and children’s walk in Henderson to benefit the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.

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