Music legend Gregg Allman has died, publicist says

According to a statement on Allman's official website, the Southern rock pioneer had been struggling with many health issues over the years.

Allman's long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman, remembered the musician, who passed away at his home in Savannah, Georgia, in an obituary shared on his website on Saturday. He was 69. Following a diagnosis of hepatitis C in 2007, he received a liver transplant in 2010.

In 2016, Allman cancelled several tour dates, before announcing in August that he was "under his doctor's care at the Mayo Clinic". Allman's health had declined in recent years: In March of 2017, he canceled all of his tour plans for the remainder of the year. When Allman was an infant, his father was shot and killed by a drinking buddy, so Gregg and his brother were raised by their single mother. "Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times", the statement said. But in subsequent years, the band unraveled, torn apart by substance abuse, personal conflicts and solo careers. "We will all miss him".

The band was shaken by the deaths Duane Allman and Oakley in motorcycle accidents in November 1971 and November 1972, respectively, but continued on with a number of lineup changes before temporarily disbanding in 1976.

Allman was married six times, including once to actress-singer Cher in the late 1970s.

Allman was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

The group took up residence in a Macon, Ga., mansion nicknamed "the Big House" (which has now become the Allman Brothers Band Museum) and began cooking up a style that was at once rock, blues, country and jazz.

Gregg is survived by his wife, Shannon Allman, his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; 3 grandchildren, his niece, Galadrielle Allman, lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family.