Butch Trucks took his own life, according to police
Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks killed himself in front of his wife, police reports released Wednesday show. The 69-year-old Trucks shot himself in the head Jan. 27 at his home, the West Palm Beach police reports show. Trucks was one of two original drummers, along with Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson, who helped form the rhythms and the drive for The Allman Brothers. Formed in 1969 and led by Duane and Gregg Allman, the group helped define the Southern rock sound that incorporated blues, rock, country and jazz. Trucks also helped encourage a family lineage of musicians. One nephew, Derek Trucks, is the frontman of the Tedeschi Trucks Band and also joined The Allman Brothers Band in 1999 as a guitarist. Another nephew, Duane Trucks, is the drummer for Widespread Panic. Trucks most recently toured with his band, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train.