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Allman Brothers Band’s Gregg Allman has died Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the age of 69 in his Savannah, Georgia home. He was a pioneer in the southern rock genre.
Allman was diagnosed with hepatitis C in the late 90s and underwent a liver transplant in 2010. While the cause of death has not been officially released, he did have ongoing liver issues.
A statement was posted on Allman's website, which reads:
It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, 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 long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, “I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.”
Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family. The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time.
The family suggests that tributes to Gregg can be made to the Gregg Allman Scholarship Fund at The University of Georgia or the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University.
Allman co-founded the band alongside his older brother, famed guitarist Duane Allman, and fronted the band for 45 years. The Allman Brothers Band have had 24 albums on the Billboard Charts, with four Top 10 sets. They paved the way for many southern rock bands like the Marshall Tucker Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd.