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Gregg Allman är död

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Gregg Allman, legendarisk gitarrist, keyboardist och sångare i The Allman Brothers Band har avlidit vid en ålder av 69 år.

Dödsorsaken är ännu inte känd, men 2009 diagnosticerades han med hepatit C, och fick en levertransplantation året därpå. Gregg grundade bandet med sin bror Duane Allman 1969. Just när bandet började slå igenom dog Duane Allman i en motorcykelolycka 1971. Albumen Eat a Peach, Idlewild South och At Fillmore East medverkade till att bygga banddts status som ett av de främsta Southern rock-banden.

The Allman Brothers Band bestod, förutom bröderna Allman, av gitarristen Dickey Betts, basisten Barry Oakley och trummisarna Butch Trucks och Jai Johanny ”Jaimoe” Johanson. Gregg har fortsatt att hålla liv i bandet under lång tid och 1995 invaldes de i Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Allman Brothers sista studioalbum Hittin’ the Note släppte 2003.


På bandets officiella sida släpptes följande uttalande:

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, 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.

Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, “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.”

Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family. The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time.

The family suggests that tributes to Gregg can be made to the Gregg Allman Scholarship Fund at The University of Georgia or the Allman/Lehman Endowed Scholarship at Syracuse University.

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