Gregg Allman Dies at Age 69: Father of Southern Rock


Gregg Allman, lead singer of the legendary Allman Brothers has died in his sleep at home.  He had been married five times and had five children, including Elijah Blue Allman that Gregg had with his former wife, Cher.  Allman had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse and has had many health problems over the years as a result.

 During his life Allman faced multiple health issues. A former alcoholic and drug addict, he contracted hepatitis C and underwent a liver transplant in 2010.

‘Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years,’ the statement about his death read.

‘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.’

Born in Nashville, 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, and the pair founded the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. Duane was tragically killed in a motorcycle crash two years later as the group began to find mainstream success.

In his 2012 memoir, ‘My Cross to Bear,’ Allman described how Duane was a central figure in his life in the years after their father was murdered by a man he met in a bar.

They failed to crack success until they formed The Allman Brothers Band in 1969. They partied to excess while defining a sound that still excites millions.

Their self-titled debut album came out in 1969, but it was their seminal live album ‘At Fillmore East’ in 1971 that catapulted the band to stardom.

Duane Allman had quickly ascended to the pantheon of guitar heroes before he died in the motorcycle accident in 1971.

The band’s bassist Berry Oakley died in a car crash the following year, and Allman went on to have huge success as a prolific solo artist.

H/T The Mail Online