Gregg Allman, rock pioneer of The Allman Brothers Band, dies aged 69

Gregg Allman, the singer, musician and trailblazer who was a co-founding member of Southern Rock band The Allman Brothers, has died aged 69.

Allman, who died at home in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday, found huge fame in the Southern United States when he started with older brother Duane in the late 1960s.

Allman “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia,” a statement on the singer’s website read Saturday. “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.”

“It’s too soon to properly process this,” Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts said in a statement. “I’m so glad I was able to have a couple good talks with him before he passed. In fact I was about to call him to check and see how he was when I got the call. It’s a very sad day.”

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