Gregg Allman, one of The Allman Brothers Band founders, dead at 69
Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, has died. He was 69. The southern rocker's passing was announced on his official website, adding that Allman "passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia" on Saturday. CLICK HERE to read more from ABC News Allman's death comes after rumors circulated last month that he had entered hospice care. A rep for the rocker told ABC News that the rumors were not true.
Still, Allman had been suffering from ill health in recent years, dealing with a respiratory infection, a hernia, a liver transplant and an irregular heartbeat.Back in March, he canceled all his 2017 tour dates to support his upcoming album "Southern Blood" due to his health. Michael Lehman, a close friend of Allman's, said in a statement posted to his website: "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," the statement concluded. Allman is survived by his wife Shannon Allman along with their four children and three grandchildren. According to his website, "The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time."