Just a few days have passed since Gregg Allman died at the age of 69, and already the world is reacting to the news. Now, fans, country music stars, and critics are mourning the loss of a southern rock legend. According to Allman’s manager, the singer died due to complications of liver cancer that surfaced five years ago.
The news reached the world through the singer’s website. On May 27, an announcement was posted on the site telling the world the news: “With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Gregg Allman,” it read. “Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.” The announcement went on to talk about the health issues Allman had faced over the past few years, and how the star saw playing music for his fans as “essential medicine for his soul.”
Soon after the announcement, country music stars started posting about the loss. Lady Antebellum honored the singer by covering one of his famous tunes, “Midnight Rider,” at their concert on May 27. Later, the group shared a photo of that performance, stating, “You’ll be missed.”
Jason Aldean penned a special Facebook message to his fans after he learned of Allman’s death. He went as far to call Allman one of his heroes and share a photo of the two stars together.
Allman’s funeral will take place on Saturday, June 3 in Macon, GA. It will be a private ceremony, but fans are welcome to remember the star in other ways. Allman’s family plan to lay him to rest next to his brother, Duane and other members of the band. The family is hoping to honor Allman later this year with a concert tribute, from which all proceeds will go to charity.
Currently, the country music world is planning their own tribute to Allman with a special performance at the CMT Music Awards this year. So far, Charles Kelley, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Jason Aldean are all planning to perform in his honor.
The Allman Brothers Band were the epitome of southern rock music. They helped pioneer the genre during the 1970s and led the way for many of the most famous bands out there. They made songs like “Ramblin Man,” and “Midnight Rider” top songs in the music industry.