Gregg Allman died at his home in Savannah, GA, at the age of 69. He had been diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010.
It is with deep sadness we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home pic.twitter.com/8g0pAT3kky
— Allman Brothers Band (@allmanbrothers) May 27, 2017
A statement on Allman’s official website said,
“It is with deep sadness 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.”
Allman cancelled a string of 2016 tour dates due to illness, announcing in August, 2016 he was “under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic” addressing some “serious health issues”. This March, he decided to scrap all of his 2017 scheduled performances to focus on getting well.
Allman was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2007 and underwent a successful liver transplant operation in 2010.
Tributes poured in from Rockers everywhere, and of course, his ex-wife, Cher.
— Cher (@cher) May 27, 2017
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) May 28, 2017
Really sad news about Greg Allman passing. Such an awesome talent. & massive influence on so… https://t.co/s5lmzfvSGi
— Slash (@Slash) May 27, 2017
Gregg Allman, Classic Rock Legend Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead RIP, Gregg…Our Prayers Are With You, Bro… https://t.co/RwURmekP89
— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) May 27, 2017
— Mike Portnoy 🤘 (@MikePortnoy) May 27, 2017