The music world has lost another icon.
Gregg Allman, best known for leading the legendary Allman Brothers Band, has died. He was 69.
Allman's official website confirmed the news in the following statement:
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.
Allman's health issues for the past few years have led to a number of canceled tour dates. Most recently in August 2016, Allman was receiving care at the Mayo Clinic for what was only described as "serious health issues."
Collectively between the Allman Brothers Band and solo work, Allman released 17 studio albums and 18 live albums, including the classic 1971 double LP At Fillmore East, which is considered one of the greatest live albums of all time.
Allman has received a number of accolades in his career, including being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 with the Allman Brothers Band and being inducted twice into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame with the Allman Brothers Band in 1998 and as a solo artist in 2006.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel. (True story.)