Yesterday, the music industry lost one of its best when Allman Brothers co-founder Gregg Allman died at the age of 69 at his home in Savannah, Georgia. The southern-blues rocker had recently cancelled upcoming concerts but told fans he was just at home “resting on my doctor’s orders.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gregg underwent a liver transplant in 2010 after being diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999. His death comes as a shock to many in the music industry, including his ex-wife, Cher. She and dozens of other celebrities and musicians took to Twitter to pay their respects to Gregg.
“I’ve tried…words are impossible,” Cher wrote. Cher and Gregg tied the knot in Las Vegas just three days after she finalized her divorce from Sonny Bono. Within nine days, Cher filed to dissolve the marriage, but Gregg won her back. They divorced four years later and have one son together, Elijah Blue Allman.
Country singer Keith Urban wrote, “My heart breaks today at the passing of soul brutha Gregg Allman. Blessings and peace to all the Allman family.”
Added Brad Paisley, “What a legacy @GreggAllman leaves behind. Jam on in the great hereafter.”
Even Hollywood paid its respects to Gregg. Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe posted, “Thank you @GreggAllman... for the inspiration, and for those many holy nights on stage.”
“Whipping Post on repeat all day today. RIP Gregg Allman. One of the greats,” said Chris Evans.
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