Music legend Gregg Allman dies at 69
SAVANNAH, GA. — Music legend Gregg Allman, whose bluesy vocals and soulful touch on the Hammond B-3 organ helped propel the Allman Brothers Band to superstardom and spawn Southern rock, died Saturday, his manager said. He was 69.
Allman died peacefully and surrounded by loved ones at his home near Savannah, Ga., said his manager, Michael Lehman. He blamed cancer for Allman’s death.
“It’s a result of his reoccurrence of liver cancer than had come back five years ago,” Lehman said. “He kept it very private because he wanted to continue to play music until he couldn’t.”
Allman played his last concert in October as health problems forced him to cancel other 2016 shows. He announced on Aug. 5 that he was “under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic” due to “serious health issues.” Later that year, he cancelled more dates, citing a throat injury. In March, he cancelled performances for the rest of 2017.
Lehman said Allman would be buried alongside his late brother, founding Allman Brothers guitarist Duane Allman, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, where the band got its start nearly five decades ago.
Born in Nashville, Tenn., the rock star known for his long blond hair was raised in Florida by a single mother after his father was shot to death. Allman idolized his older brother, Duane. Together they formed the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band.