Gregg Allman, known for his history making role as part of the Allman Brothers Band, passed away Saturday at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 69.
Health issues in recent years prevented Allman from touring at full capacity. In August 2016, the Allman Brothers great revealed that unspecified “serious health issues” would force him to cancel 28 appearances.
Allman returned to the stage in late October for a pair of shows, but his winter tour was postponed soon after due to a vocal injury that required several months of recovery.
“This is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long, long, time,” Allman said in a statement at the time. “I’ve been on the road for 45 years because I live to play music with my friends for my fans. As much as I hate it, it’s time for me to take some real time off to heal.”
In March, Allman announced that he would not be touring in 2017. No explanation was given but in late April reports claimed that the musician was in hospice. His manager denied those reports.
In a statement posted to the Allman Brothers Facebook page Saturday afternoon (May 27), Allman was remembered as a “brilliant pioneer in music.”
“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,” Allman’s long-time manager, Michael Lehman, wrote.
Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family.
The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time.
The family asks that tributes to Allman be made to the Gregg Allman Scholarship Fund at The University of Georgia by clicking here, or the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University by clicking here.
Our prayers are with Gregg Allman’s family and friends.