Rock legend Gregg Allman dies aged 69

Candice Alexander
May 28, 2017

Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of rock legends the Allman Brothers Band, has died at home in Savannah, Georgia at the age of 69, the New York Times reports.

A statement posted on Gregg Allman's website Saturday said he had passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah in the USA state of Georgia after struggling "with many health issues" for several years.

Despite Allman's claims that his health was in order, a statement on the Allman Brother's website said Gregg struggled with health issues over the past several years, but he still managed to go on tour with his brother and bandmates. In March 2017, he canceled performances for the rest of the year.

Allman was born in Nashville, 1947 and raised in Florida after his father was killed in a shooting.

After unfulfilling experiences with the music industry in Los Angeles, Gregg and Duane ended up in Macon, Georgia - hometown of Little Richard and Otis Redding - in 1969 and brought together the Allman Brothers Band. In addition to blues, the band also was known for its crystal guitar harmonies between Duane and Dickey Betts, jazz influences and a free-wheeling approach that sometimes led to 20-minute songs.

The legendary singer posted a tribute to her ex-hubby today on Saturday writing, "I've tried..." Their debut album and Idlewild South remain two of rocks most iconic albums, but even those are overshadowed compared to the next two albums: Live at the Fillmore East and Eat a Peach. "Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times", the statement said.

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Director Cameron Crowe, who used the Allman Brothers' famously louche lifestyle as source material for his 2000 rock film "Almost Famous", expressed his gratitude to the performer.

"During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul". "I'm grateful for every gold record, good review and award I've ever received, but I'm just so into what I'm doing and that's where my focus is".

Gregg's untimely death was announced via Boston radio this morning, who made the news known on their social media. Another motorcycle accident the following year claimed Oakley's life.

"I. proceeded to wear that son of a b***h out", Allman later told Rolling Stone.

His final studio album, "Southern Blood", produced by Don Was, is scheduled to be released this year.

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