Celebrities and fellow musicians paid tribute to Gregg Allman, the father of Southern rock, after he died from liver cancer complications at the age of 69 on Saturday, his manager said.
Cher mourned the loss of her ex-husband and shared photographs of the two from bygone years as she wrote: ‘I’ve tried…words are impossible’.
Rock legends like Ringo Starr shared his condolences with Allman’s family, while fellow bandmate Warren Haynes wrote a lengthy tribute celebrating Allman’s ‘angelic voice’.
Allman died at his home in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday, with his manager Michael Lehman telling AP: ‘It’s a result of his recurrence of liver cancer that had come back five years ago.’
He is survived by wife Shannon Allman, along with his five children and three grandchildren.
During his life, Allman faced multiple health issues. A former alcoholic and drug addict, he contracted hepatitis C and underwent a liver transplant in 2010.
Allman played his last concert in October as health problems forced him to cancel other 2016 shows. Later that year, he canceled more dates, citing a throat injury.
In March, he canceled performances for the rest of 2017.
‘Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years,’ according to a statement issued on the singer’s website.
‘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.’