Allman performing in 2011
||Gregory LeNoir Allman
December 8, 1947
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
||May 27, 2017 (aged 69)
Richmond Hill, Georgia, U.S.
|Cause of death
||Complications from liver cancer
||Shelley Jefts (m. 1971; div. 1972)
Janice Mulkey (m. 1973; div. 1974)
Cher (m. 1975; div. 1979)
Julie Bindas (m. 1979; div. 1984)
Danielle Galliano (m. 1989; div. 1994)
Stacey Fountain (m. 2001; div. 2008)
||5; including Devon and Elijah Blue
- southern rock
- Warner Bros.
- The Allman Brothers Band
- Gregg Allman Band
- The Allman Joys
- The Hour Glass
- Allman and Woman
- The Nighthawks
Gregg Allman, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, has died at the age of 69.
Allman’s manager, Michael Lehman, told NPR News Allman had suffered a recurrruence of liver cancer five years ago, and died from complications of the disease.
A statement on the southern rock musician’s website reads,
“Gregory LeNoir Allman
December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017
“It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.
“Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.
“Gregg’s long time manager and close friend, Michael Lehman said, ‘I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard. His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.’
“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. The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time.”
Lehman said Allman died at about 2:30 p.m. ET, surrounded by his family and Middleton. Lehman called Allman’s death “a huge loss for the music industry, and the rest of the world.”
Lehman told NPR News Allman had finished a new album, which would be released in September.
Marriages, relationships, and children
Allman’s partners included Shelley Kay Winters, Janice Blair, Cher, Julie Bindas, Ganielle J. P. Galiana, and Stacey Fountain. In 2012, he announced his engagement to Shannon Williams on the Piers Morgan Tonight show.
Allman had five children:
- son Devon Allman, age 44, lead singer of Honeytribe, from his marriage to Shelley Kay Winters
- Elijah Blue Allman, age 40, lead singer of Deadsy, from his marriage to Cher
- Delilah Island Allman, age 35, from his marriage to Julie Bindas
- Michael Sean Allman, age 50, from a relationship with former waitress Mary Lynn Green
- Layla Brooklyn Allman, age 23, from a relationship with radio journalist Shelby Blackburn
Following a series of health problems, including hepatitis C and a 2010 liver transplant,Allman died at his home in Richmond Hill, Georgia, on May 27, 2017, due to complications from liver cancer. He was 69 years old.Discography
- Laid Back (1973)
- Playin’ Up a Storm (1977)
- I’m No Angel (1987)
- Just Before The Bullets Fly (1988)
- Searching for Simplicity (1997)
- Low Country Blues (2011)
- Southern Blood (2017)
- The Gregg Allman Tour (1974)
- Gregg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA (2015)