Gregg Allman, the founder and vocalist for the Allman Brothers Band, that helped promote the genre of southern rock, has “passed away peacefully” at the age of 69.
A statement posted on his website on Saturday reads Allman “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia”, and that he “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.”
The statement also reads that Allman survived by “his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; three grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family.”
Allman’s career and health problems
Allman’s music career record is mainly based on Allman Brothers Band that produced hits such as Ramblin’ Man and Midnight Rider. Throughout his career, Allman was celebrtaed as the pioneer of southern rock.
He suffered from hepatitis C due to excessive substance and alcohol use that made him undergo liver transplant in 2016.
His health problems, more or less, hindered his career; he last played with the band in 2014. In 2016, he could not go on solo tour for health problems. In this March, all his concerts were cancelled till the end of the year.
The late singer was born in Nashville, Tennessee and was raised in Florida with his elder brother and fellow band member Duane by a single mother, after his father was fatally shot.
Stars lamenting Allman
Allman’s manager, Michael Lehman, said on Saturday: “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.”
Allman’s ex-wife singer Cher wrote on Twitter: “IVE TRIED… WORDS ARE IMPOSSIBLE GUI GUI FOREVER, CHOOCH.”
Several stars paid tribute to the late singer, including country star Keith Urban who wrote, “My heart breaks today at the passing of soul brutha Gregg Allman.”
Moreover, Cameron Crowe, director of the 1970s-set rock movie Almost Famous, wrote: “Thank you … for the inspiration, and for those many holy nights on stage.”