Music World Reacts to Death of 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.
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
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.
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Gregg Allman. He was a legend pic.twitter.com/v0CvuZfLYX— Todd Dammit Kerns (@todddammitkerns) May 27, 2017
R.I.P Gregg Allman...December 18, 1947 – May 27, 2017— Karlson & McKenzie (@KarlsonMcKenzie) May 27, 2017
It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, passed away peacefully...
Just got the word— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) May 27, 2017
Greg Allman has passed away
Rest in peace brother
You were the best
You will be missed
Rest in peace Greg Allman peace and love to all the family— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) May 27, 2017
IVE TRIED…— Cher (@cher) May 27, 2017
WORDS ARE IMPOSSIBLE GUI GUI
never forget....gui— Cher (@cher) May 27, 2017
May the Midnight Rider finally cruise next to his big brother Duane on that heavenly road infinity. RIP Greg Allman.— Tyson ritteR (@tysonritter) May 27, 2017
Prayers and thoughts go out to the @GreggAllman family, friends and fans. Heaven has another amazing musician. God Bless you Gregg. L&R— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) May 27, 2017
RIP Gregg Allman, what a voice... Listening to Allman Brothers "Live at Fillmore East," a record that never gets old.— James Valentine (@jamesbvalentine) 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
Also appreciated that Allman spoke out against display of Confederate flags. https://t.co/5pTnDV9Key— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sifill_LDF) May 27, 2017
Gregg Allman had a feeling for the blues very few ever have— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) May 27, 2017
hard to believe that magnificent voice is stilled forever pic.twitter.com/EPfE56fqCf
My heart breaks today at the passing of soul brutha Gregg Allman. Blessings and peace to all the Allman family. - KU— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) May 27, 2017
I'm so very saddened to hear of the passing of rock & blues legend Gregg Allman. He was such a huge influence on me. https://t.co/rSbHdmj5yp— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) May 27, 2017
So sad to hear Gregg Allman passed away I admire him so much & had the honour of jamming wth him recently. A gentle soul with so much soul.— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) May 27, 2017
This one's for you Chris.— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) May 27, 2017
Black Hole Sun.
Live from Slane, Ireland.#GNRinSlane
Eternal love and life to Gregg Allman. RIP— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) May 27, 2017
Gregg Allman... very sad day for rock 'n' roll... a great singer and writer. He could flat out sing. His music will live on! - Huey— Huey Lewis (@Huey_Lewis_News) May 27, 2017
Whipping Post on repeat all day today. RIP Gregg Allman. One of the greats.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 27, 2017
Sad to learn of Gregg Allman's passing at age 69 today. Here's the only time the guys every played with an Allman: https://t.co/A7yVTCGwSr— R.E.M. HQ (@remhq) May 27, 2017
What a legacy @GreggAllman leaves behind. Jam on in the great hereafter.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) May 27, 2017
So sad to hear about Gregg Allman passing - a great musician. Love & Mercy, Brian— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) May 27, 2017
Thanks so much for the heartfelt prayers and good thoughts that you have sent our way...I can… https://t.co/mIPabRXa6y— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) May 27, 2017
Most all my road trips start with Allman Brothers greatest hits. Spinning some "Midnight Rider" tonight. pic.twitter.com/iJ5JmV0Pm8— Luke Russert (@LukeRussert) May 27, 2017
We've lost another legend, but his legacy will live forever. Rest In Peace, Gregg Allman.— Rascal Flatts (@rascalflatts) May 27, 2017
RIP @GreggAllman another great voice gone.— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) May 28, 2017