Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies at age 69

Gregg Allman, co-founding lead singer, keyboardist and one of the main songwriters of the legendary The Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69.

Allman's long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman, remembered the musician, who passed away at his home in Savannah, Georgia, in an obituary shared on his website on Saturday. A cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

In 2016, Allman cancelled several tour dates, before announcing in August that he was "under his doctor's care at the Mayo Clinic".

"During that time, Gregg consider being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. We will all miss him", the statement concluded.

According to a statement posted on his website, Allman had suffered numerous health issues in his later years, though he maintained an occasional touring schedule with the band until their retirement in 2014.

Allman and his brother Duane began performing together as teenagers as the Allman Joys, then as the Hour Glass before becoming the Allman Brothers Band in 1969.

Americana rock pioneer Gregg Allman has died peacefully at his home after battles with numerous health problems.

Allman enjoyed both a successful solo career as well as the iconic collaboration with his brother Duane that became the Allman Brothers.

Allman was married six times, including once to actress-singer Cher in the late 1970s.

Gregg Allman and the rest of the Allman Brothers were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2012. It's been a tough year for the band's family as founding member Butch Trucks took his life in January and Southern rock contemporary Col. Bruce Hampton died onstage May 1st.

Allman is survived by his wife Shannon Allman along with their four children and three grandchildren.

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