ALLMAN BROTHERS: Butch Trucks dies at age 69

Drummer Butch Trucks, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69.

The news comes from his cousin, Lee Trucks, as well as the promoters of the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival, where he was scheduled to perform.  It's been confirmed that he passed away last night (Tuesday).  He is the third member of the six founding members to die, after Duane Allman and Berry Oakley.  

Here's a statement from Butch's family, regarding his passing:  Butch Trucks, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, tragically died the night of January 24th in West Palm Beach, Florida.  His wife, four children, four grandchildren and all of the Allman Brothers Band, their families and road crew survive Butch. The Trucks and Allman Brothers Band families request all of Butch’s friends and fans to please respect our privacy at this time of sadness for our loss. Butch will play on in our hearts forever. Donations and remembrances in Butch’s name may be made to The Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia.  (

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