Greg Allman, 69, founding member and lead vocalist of the Allman Brothers Band, passed away on May 27. The official announcement on his Facebook page read:
“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.”
According to CNN, Allman passed away due to complications of liver cancer, a result of a liver transplant in 2010. He had an extensive history of drug and alcohol abuse, and was finally diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2007, of which he quipped:
“[The condition]…was laying dormant for awhile and just kind of crept up on me. I was worn out. I had to sleep 10 or 11 hours a day to two or three [hours].”
Three years later, he required an emergency liver transplant:
“It’s the roughest thing I’ve ever been through. I’ve been in military school, through six divorces (laughs). This is worse than all that.”
Earlier this year, he addressed rumors that he had been admitted to hospice by stating the following on Facebook:
“Hey everyone. I just wanted ya’ll to know that I’m currently home in Savannah resting on my doctor’s orders. I want to thank you for all the love that you are sending. Looking forward to seeing everyone again. Keep Rockin’.”
Allman is survived by his wife Shannon Allman, children Devon, Elijah Blue, Michael Sean, Delilah Island, and Layla Brookyn. He will be missed by so many.
On substance abuse, Allman said the following (1989):
“One thing I learned is no matter how many times I tried to make it work, I couldn’t perform under the influence of any substance. My roughest one was alcohol. It’s such a trap. I don’t know how many times I fell back.”
He will be interred at Rose Cemetery in Macon, Georgia. No funeral date has been set as of the time of this writing.