Cher Pays Heartfelt Tribute to Ex-Husband Gregg Allman: 'Words Are Impossible'

Gregg Allman's signature bluesy voice and his skills on the keyboard made The Allman Brothers one of the most influential groups in southern rock with classics like "Midnight Rider", "Melissa" and "Whipping Post".

"I'VE TRIED..." the singer, 71, wrote on Saturday after learning of The Allman Band singer's death.

Allman left and rejoined the Allman Brothers Band a number of times, last playing with the group in 2014. He was 69. Following a diagnosis of hepatitis C in 2007, he received a liver transplant in 2010.

Gregg Allman was born Gregory LeNoir Allman on December 8, 1947 in Nashville Tennessee before his family moved to Daytona Beach Florida. However, Duane Allman died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1971, with bassist Berry Oakley dying in a similar accident a year later. "I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music", he wrote.

Variety.com, via Allman's longtime manager Michael Lehman, has reported complications from liver cancer as the cause of death.

Ringo Starr said: "Rest in peace Greg Allman peace and love to all the family", and Sheryl Crow tweeted: "Broken heart". I mean, even independent of all of the incredible things that they did musically, it was just such an act of dissent from the start. We will all miss him'. In 1990 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame prompting Gregg to put together a new line-up that would spend the next decade as one of the biggest touring acts in the USA. Many who knew him posted their condolences to social media this weekend, including Allman's past wife Cher. On the sidelines of his brilliant musical career, Gregg Allman also lived a beautiful love story with the singer Cher. After making their debut with a self-titled album in 1969 the Allmans hit paydirt with the monumental live double, At Fillmore East (1971) and then faced tragedy when Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Allman enjoyed both a successful solo career as well as the iconic collaboration with his brother Duane that became the Allman Brothers. While new members were drafted and work began on their fifth - "Brothers and Sisters", Allman also began a solo album. Low Country Blues, his sixth solo studio recording, was nominated for a Grammy Award for best blues album in 2011. According to Rolling Stone, Allman quickly shot down those rumors, simply issuing a statement saying that he was resting on doctor's orders, and looking forward to playing more concerts once he got healthy again.

  • Zachary Reyes