Music legend Gregg Allman dies at 69

Gregg Allman, founder of Southern rock legends the Allman Brothers Band, has died at the age of 69, according to a statement on the artist's website.

The group's Ramblin' Man (1973), a country song, was its only top 10 single, reaching number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Gregg Allman, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band who overcame family tragedy, drug addiction and health problems to become a grizzled elder statesman for the blues music he loved, has died. A comment was posted April 24 on Allman's Facebook page stating that the rocker was resting at his home in Savannah- not at hospice.

In early August 2016, Allman announced that he had canceled live shows until late October 2016 due to serious health issues and was under a doctor's care at the Mayo Clinic.

In 2007, Allman was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, which he attributed to a dirty tattoo needle, and he received a liver transplant.

Gregory LeNoir Allman was born on December 8, 1947, in Nashville. FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 file photo, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band performs at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as part of their Antigone Rising Tour. It featured extended jams, tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, rhythms from a pair of drummers and the smoky blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman.

Still in shock, the band quickly resumed work on 1972's Eat a Peach, highlighted by its haunting opening track, "Ain't Wasting Time No More", Allman's enduring tribute to his brother. Allman and Cher divorced in 1979.

In 1995, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for advancing rock as a medium for improvisation.

"I can tell when he's there, man", Allman said. The band had just released its commercial breakthrough, 1971's live "At Fillmore East", and just about everything Gregg Allman did after that included a touch of melancholy. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard.

In 1975, Allman was on his third marriage, to Cher.

"Duane was the king of laughter, always making jokes", Gregg Allman told The Guardian in 2015.

Gregg Allman also had a successful solo career with his Greg Allman Band.

Allman is directly survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, children Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman, and three grandchildren. "I never thought I would live this long".

"I think it's because you're doing something you love", Allman said in a 2011 interview with The Associated Press. "As much as I hate it, it's time for me to take some real time off to heal". "I even caught myself thinking that it's narrowing down, that maybe I'm next".

Allman had been working on a yet-to-be-released solo album entitled "Southern Blood".

  • Zachary Reyes