Music legend Gregg Allman, of the Allman Brothers Band, a top act in the 1970s, has died aged 69.
The news was announced by his official website.
“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,” it said.
There was no immediate word on the cause of death but the website said that the musician had “struggled with many health issues over the past several years”.
Allman’s ex-wife, the singer and actress Cher, is among those paying tribute to the American singer-songwriter who pioneered so-called Southern Rock.
“Words are impossible,” she wrote in a Tweet, before posting a picture of the pair together.
never forget....gui— Cher (@cher) 27 mai 2017
In its heyday, the Allman Brothers Band was a staple on radio stations and released albums ranked among the best in rock history.
The group’s best known songs include Midnight Rider, It’s Not My Cross To Bear and Jessica – used as the opening theme tune to the TV show ‘Top Gear’.
Drug abuse and the tragic deaths of fellow band members, including his older brother Duane, marred the career of Gregg Allman who had suffered from serious liver problems.
The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 but Allman said in his memoir, “My Cross to Bear” that he was too drunk to enjoy it.
Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts on Gregg Allman's death: "It's a very sad day" https://t.co/77BVRrKMAO— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) 28 mai 2017