Gregg Allman, legendary co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band, dies at 69

Gregg Allman, legendary co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band, dies at 69
Posted at 12:38 PM, May 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-27 17:05:23-04

(KGTV) - Gregory LeNoir "Gregg" Allman, the legendary co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band, died Saturday, according to a statement on the musician's website. He was 69 years old.

Allman was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010, though a cause of death wasn't immediately known. He died at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

"Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul," Allman's website read. "Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times."

Allman's long-time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman mourned the loss in the statement. 

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“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," Lehman said in the statement. "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 fronted the legendary southern rock band for 45 years, first by the side of his brother, Duane, and then on his own after his older brother died in a motorcycle accident in November 1971.

The band is considered a pioneer in constructing the classic sounds of southern rock and blues, with hits such as "Midnight Rider," "Melissa," and "Ramblin' Man."

Allman is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, and his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman.

The family will reportedly release a statement soon.