Southern Rock Pioneer, Greg Allman, Has Passed Away At 69

Southern Rock lost one of the greats, singer, musician and songwriter Gregg Allman. A statement on the singer’s website was made; “passed away peacefully 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. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”

Michael Lehman, Allman’s manager and a close friend stated; “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.”

Although no cause of death was immediately revealed, we know he suffered from many chronic liver issues. Allman was one of the key players in creating one of the first ‘southern-rock’ groups known as the Allman Brothers! He started the band with Duane Allman his brother and famed guitarist.

Many celebrities have taken to social media to express their grievances. Cher took to Twitter saying; “I’ve tried … Words are impossible. Gui Gui forever. Chooch.” Ex-Beatle Ringo Star wrote; “Rest in peace Greg [sic] Allman peace and love to all the family.” It’s been known due to his 2012 memoir, that Allman experienced too-sudden fame, multiple marriages, high profile relationships, excessive drug use as well as a late-life liver transplant.

It has recently been confirmed that Allman’s last recorded solo album Southern Blood, will debut in September. Last year Allman was forced to cancel his summer tour due to health issues, he also cancelled a winter tour after briefly returning. “This is the hardest thing I’ve had to do in a long, long, time,” Allman said in a statement after calling off his winter tour. “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.” There were plans to tour in 2017 but they were scrapped for health concerns.

Allman wrote in the last lines of My Cross to Bear; “when it’s all said and done, I’ll go to my grave and my brother will greet me saying, ‘nice work, little brother – you did all right.’ I must have said this a million times, but if I died today, I’ve had me a blast. I wouldn’t trade [my life] for nobody’s, but I don’t know if I’d do it again. If somebody offered me a second round, I think I’d have to pass on it.”