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Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies at age 69

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/27/2017
FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2011 file photo, singer Gregg Allman arrives at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2011 file photo, singer Gregg Allman arrives at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A publicist for rock legend Gregg Allman says the organist and singer for The Allman Brothers Band has died. He was 69.

FILE - In this April 13, 2013 file photo, Gregg Allman performs at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 13, 2013 file photo, Gregg Allman performs at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file)

Ken Weinstein confirmed Saturday that Allman died at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 file photo, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band performs at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as part of their Antigone Rising Tour. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/The Daily Nonpareil, Ben DeVries) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 file photo, Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band performs at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as part of their Antigone Rising Tour. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/The Daily Nonpareil, Ben DeVries)

Allman had cancelled some 2016 tour dates for health reasons. In March 2017, he canceled performances for the rest of the year.

FILE - This Oct. 13, 2011 file photo shows Gregg Allman performs at the Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This Oct. 13, 2011 file photo shows Gregg Allman performs at the Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn. On Saturday, May 27, 2017, a publicist said the musician, the singer for The Allman Brothers Band, has died. (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File)

After years of substance abuse, Allman contracted hepatitis C and underwent a 2010 liver transplant.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Allman was raised in Florida by a single mother after his father was shot to death.

He and his older brother Duane formed the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band. It featured tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, a pair of drummers and the smoky, blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman.

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