George Ryan Ross III (b. August 30, 1986 in Summerlin, Nevada) was the former lead guitarist, lyricist and back-up vocalist for the band Panic at the Disco. George Ryan Ross was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He attended Bishop Gorman High School. He studied creative writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas but dropped out after a semester to focus on music. Ross has said that his father, who died on July 28, 2006, disliked his life decisions, and that they were not close.