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Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks dead at 69

Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69.
Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69. Courtesy

Drummer Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has died at 69.

Jam Base reports that Trucks died Tuesday. The cause of his death was not reported. Trucks started the Allmans along with brothers Gregg and Duane Allman, Gulfport native Jaimoe, Berry Oakley and Dickey Betts.

On Wednesday morning, Truck’s publicist released the following statement:

“Butch Trucks, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, tragically died the night of January 24 in West Palm Beach, Florida. His wife, four children, four grandchildren and all of the Allman Brothers Band, their families and Road Crew survive Butch. The Trucks and Allman Brothers Band families request all of Butch's friends and fans to please respect our privacy at this time of sadness for our loss. Butch will play on in our hearts forever.”

Trucks was a member of Les Brers, which features Jaimoe and Lamar Williams Jr., son of Gulfport native and former Allman Brothers bassist the late Lamar Williams.

He is the uncle of Derek and Duane Trucks of the Tedschi Trucks Band and Hard Working Americans, respectively.

Donations and remembrances in Butch's name may be made to The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia. www.thebighousemuseum.com

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