Music World Reacts to Death of Gregg Allman

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Gregg Allman

The Allman Brothers Band co-founder died at age 69 over the Memoral Day weekend.

Gregg Allman, the legendary singer-songrwriter and co-founder of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away "peacefully" at his home in Savannah, Ga., over the weekend. He was 69.

"Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years," read a statement on Allman's official website Saturday. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010. "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."

The soulful singer-songwriter and rock 'n' blues pioneer composed such classics as "Midnight Rider," "Melissa" and the epic concert jam "Whipping Post." He fronted his band for 45 years, first alongside brother and co-founder Duane until the latter was killed in a motorcycle accident in November 1971.

"It is with deep sadness we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home," read a tweet from the official Allman Brothers Band Twitter account.

The music world was quick to react with grief upon hearing the news. Allman's third and ex-wife Cher shared a photo of the pair with the caption "never forget....gui." Earlier she tweeted, "I've tried, words are impossible." The pair were married from 1975 to 1979 and have a son, Elijah, together.

See the tributes, including from some Hollywood stars, as they pour in on social media below.

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