The frontman of music group Lynyrd Skynyrd, known as Johnny Van Zant, underwent emergency surgery to have his appendix removed on Thursday May 18th, 2006. According to the band's manager Ross Schilling, Van Zant left the operating room at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., around 10 p.m.
"He had been feeling bad the past couple of days," Schilling said while adding "He had performances Tuesday and Wednesday and sucked it up last night as far as performing with some pain." On Thursday morning Van Zant went to see a doctor, who determined through an ultrasound that the appendix was severely inflamed and emergency surgery was needed, Schilling revealed further.
Van Zant is expected to need at least a week to recover, forcing the cancellation of three shows: Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif., on Friday; the U.S. Marine Corps base at Twentynine Palms, Calif., on Saturday; and Sunset Station Casino, Henderson, Nev., on Sunday.