The musician was hospitalised in early October (15) after suffering the cardiac arrest, days before he had been due to undergo heart surgery.

Doctors subsequently repaired two heart stents and added a third during treatment, and his health crisis prompted the band to postpone a pair of shows later that month.

Now Lynyrd Skynyrd have decided to take the rest of the year off as 63-year-old Rossington, who underwent a heart bypass in 2003, has yet to fully bounce back.

Announcing the news on the band members write, "After further evaluation and continued treatment by his doctors, Gary Rossington is taking the remainder of 2015 off from touring to concentrate on recuperating from his recent heart procedures...

"Lynyrd Skynyrd will commence touring in 2016 and look forward to seeing the fans next year."

The heart attack is the latest health setback for Rossington after he was previously hospitalised for an abdominal infection earlier this year (15).

Lynyrd Skynyrd are expected to return to the stage in Thackerville, Oklahoma on 29 January (16).