Gregg Allman, of The Allman Brothers Band, dies at age 69

Posted May 28, 2017

The statement on the 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". On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brother.

Keyboard player Chuck Leavell joined the band following Duane Allman's death and the band continued to soar.

"Gregg Allman had a feeling for the blues very few ever have hard to believe that magnificent voice is stilled forever" - country legend Charlie Daniels.

After Duane died in a motorcycle accident two years later, Gregg led the band for the next four decades, right through their final show in 2014.

A little more than a year later, bassist Berry Oakley was also killed in a motorcycle accident.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 but Allman said in his book that he was too drunk to enjoy it.

"I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music". Allman was a regular on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1971 to 1981, and reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart again in 1990 with "Good Clean Fun", Billboard reported.

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.

Allman was married six times in his life, most memorably to Cher, from 1975 to 1979.

Some of Gregg's greatest hits include: "Ramblin' Man", "Blue Sky", and "Melissa".

The Allman Brothers became a commercial success in the early 1970s following the release of their At Fillmore East album. He contracted Hepatitis C and underwent a liver transplant seven years ago. The two had a son, musician Elijah Blue Allman, and were frequent celebrity tabloid fodder before divorcing in 1978.

Gregg Allman and the rest of the Allman Brothers were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2012.