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Southern Rock Legend Gregg Allman Dies at 69

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The Southern Rock world lost one of its “founding fathers” on Saturday after it was announced that Gregg Allman had died at the age of 69.  The lead singer of The Allman Brothers Band died due to complications from his long battle with liver cancer.

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According to Heavy, an official statement was released on his social media account saying that the musician “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.”

Michael Lehman, Allman’s longtime manager and confidant added on CNN that he was “surrounded by his family and friends.”  The “Midnight Rider” singer is survived by his wife Shannon Allman as well as four children including his son with Cher, Elijah Blue.

Allman leaves behind a legacy of rock n’ blues music including songs such as “Midnight Rider”, “Melissa”, and “Whipping Post”.

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The frontman made his last appearance in a concert October but was eventually forced to cancel remaining shows because of health concerns. ABC News reported that the singer had “serious health issues” as of August 5 and was “under his doctor’s care at the Mayo Clinic.”

Known for his long blonde hairstyle, the rocker was reported to be in the midst of finishing his pending solo album “Southern Blood.” According to a report by CNN, Lehman said Allman “was very enthusiastic about the project and was listening to tracks from the album just last night.”

Throughout his career, he suffered from tribulations including drug and alcohol addiction, failed relationships and health issues, including his battle with liver cancer.

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He wrote a memoir in 2012 where he seemed to have found solace and acceptance with himself. He remarked that “If I fell over dead right now, I have led some kind of life.”

Allman will be laid to rest next to his brother Duane, “in his wishes.” Allman became the frontman of the Allman Brother’s Band after his brother Duane was killed in a car accident.

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