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Hughie Thomasson, 55; was Outlaws guitarist and founder

TAMPA - Hughie Thomasson, a guitarist and founding member of the popular Southern rock band the Outlaws, has died near Tampa, Fla.

Mr. Thomasson died Sunday, apparently of a heart attack, at his home in Brooksville. He was 55. His death was reported on the band's website.

Mr. Thomasson was a teenager when he joined the Tampa-based band in the late 1960s. Its 1975 debut album, "The Outlaws," established the group as one of the pioneers of the Southern rock sound, alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the Allman Brothers Band.

Mr. Thomasson was the architect of the sound that produced the 1970s rock anthems "There Goes Another Love Song," and "Green Grass and High Tides."

In the 1990s he was offered a spot in the revamped Lynyrd Skynyrd. He left that group in 2005 to reform the Outlaws, which toured regularly in recent years.

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