Manager: Allman tried to keep playing music until the end

Gregg Allman poses during 10th annual

The American rock band confirmed the news on Twitter by posting, "It is with deep sadness we announce that Gregg Allman... passed away peacefully at his home".

The Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Free Bird" was written by lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt as an ode to Duane Allman after his 1971 death in a motorcycle accident.

Cher, 71, and Gregg, 69, were married for four years before divorcing in 1979 and they have son Elijah Blue together.

Rolling Stone magazine said the Allman Brothers style created "a template for countless subsequent jam bands".

His vocals, by turns squalling and brooding, took their cue from the anguished emoting of down-home blues singers like Elmore James, as well as more sophisticated ones like Bobby Bland. "I'm grateful for every gold record, good review and award I've ever received, but I'm just so into what I'm doing and that's where my focus is".

It is believed that Allman died due to liver complications, but he never allowed his ailments from standing in his way from travelling around the country and playing music for his fans.

Collectively between the Allman Brothers Band and solo work, Allman released 17 studio albums and 18 live albums, including the classic 1971 double LP At Fillmore East, which is considered one of the greatest live albums of all time. The Allmans reclaimed rock for the region of its birth.

Allman had been working on a yet-to-be-released solo album entitled "Southern Blood".

Gregg Allman and wife Cher in November 1977. Produced by T Bone Burnett, it consisted largely of interpretations of blues standards made popular by performers like Junior Wells and Muddy Waters.

Despite adding rescheduled dates to the tour in March, a rep for Allman said in a statement that, "It's been determined that Gregg will not be touring in 2017".

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Allman, who played keyboard and guitar and sang with a rich, growling voice, was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010, Billboard reported on its website. Captain Allman was killed in a robbery by a veteran he had befriended earlier in the day. They were greeted by the words "Welcome Allman Brothers" spelled out in cocaine on the bar, Gregg wrote in his memoir, "My Cross to Bear".

Gregg and Duane spent their early childhood in their birthplace, Nashville, listening to a blues radio station. But Allman said in his book that he was too drunk to enjoy it.

Meanwhile, the family had moved to Florida and it was here that the brothers formed their first real band "The Escorts".

Gregg was the band's lead singer, keyboardist and a key songwriter as it put out a string of hits. Gregg had by then grown disenchanted with the West Coast music scene.

Together they released a widely panned duets album under the name "Allman and Woman". So they put out a live album, "At Fillmore East", recorded over two nights at a NY club.

Duane Allman was just 24 when he died, but his mark on rock guitar is inestimable.

Based in Macon, Georgia, the group also had drummers Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson and Butch Trucks and bassist Berry Oakley.

"Gregg's songs as a whole were his own type of blues", said Kirk Russell, singer/guitarist for the Shoals rock band An Abstract Theory. The group finally found something like stability in the 1990s, establishing an annual spring residency of sold-out shows at New York's Beacon Theatre. All of Allman's five children except Island - each of the five has a different mother - have played music professionally. This was during a time when Gregg's heroin habit got the best of him and Cher realized this after they tied the knot.

The band carried on but fell into the trap of rock star excess. "Producer-wise I'd always thought Tommy Dowd". "There was a generational line drawn when it came to music".

"I loved his playing, but I loved his singing more than anything", Fritts said.

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