Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies at age 69

Gregg Allman, a Southern rock legend who pioneered a memorable sound with The Allman Brothers for 45 years, has died.

A statement on Allman's official website reads, in part, "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", the statement posted on greggallman.com noted. Greg Allman was the front-man of the group and will leave behind an enduring legacy with his music. It featured tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, a pair of drummers and the smoky, blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman.

Gregg Allman, one of the founding members of The Allman Brothers Band, has died.

The seemingly infinite jam sessions that bloomed during the band's live shows earned them not just fans, but followers, and their breakthrough came in 1971 with the live (and largely improvisational) album At Fillmore East. Bassist Oakley was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1972, and the band gradually succumbed to drug abuse and internal bickering.

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Allman also had a widely-publicized life, previously marrying pop star Cher and having a number of dramatic events throughout his career dominate music news. Refresh the page to find out how Allman died.

After promising live gigs around the South and a disastrous stint in Los Angeles, where a record label tried to mold them into a psychedelic rock band, the Allman Brothers formed in earnest in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1969. Through the years, the group was responsible for hits like "Midnight Rider", "Melissa" and "Whipping Post".

The 1970s brought more highly publicized turmoil: Allman was compelled to testify in a drug case against a former road manager for the band and his marriage to the actress and singer Cher was short-lived even by show business standards. He had undergone a liver transplant in 2010. In 2012, he received a Grammy for lifetime achievement.

Allman is survived by Elijah Blue, and his other children: Michael, Devon, Delilah and Layla.

  • Rita Burton