Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69.
A statement on his website posted this morning said that he passed away “peacefully” at his home in Savannah, Georgia.
“Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. 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. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”
Gregg’s 2017 tour dates were cancelled in March due to being in poor health. He was recently working on a new solo album. No word on if any songs from that album will be released in the future.
The Allman Brothers formed in 1969 with his older brother Duane, guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley Jr. and drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe Johanson.
Allman is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman; his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman, as well as 3 grandchildren and a large extended family.
Rock and Roll heaven just gained another superstar.
— Gregg Allman (@GreggAllman) May 22, 2017