Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band dies at age 69

Gregg Allman
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2011, file photo, Gregg Allman performs at the Americana Music Association awards show in Nashville, Tenn. On Monday, March 13, 2017, Allman posted on his website that he has canceled all of his scheduled tour dates for the year. The 69-year-old rocker posted that “it has been determined that Gregg will not be touring in 2017.” In November 2016, Allman said he was taking several months off from touring so he can "focus on his health,” but still had plans to tour. (AP Photo/Joe Howell, File)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – A publicist for rock legend Gregg Allman says the organist and singer for The Allman Brothers Band has died. He was 69.

Ken Weinstein confirmed Saturday that Allman died at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

Allman had cancelled some 2016 tour dates for health reasons. In March 2017, he canceled performances for the rest of the year.

After years of substance abuse, Allman contracted hepatitis C and underwent a 2010 liver transplant.

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Allman was raised in Florida by a single mother after his father was shot to death.

He and his older brother Duane formed the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band. It featured tight guitar harmonies by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, a pair of drummers and the smoky, blues inflected voice of Gregg Allman.