Butch Trucks, Founding Member Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dies At 69

Ford Springer | Contributor

Former Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks passed away at the age of 69 in West Palm Beach, Florida Tuesday evening.

Musicians Butch Trucks (R) and Melinda Trucks arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

“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,” Trucks’ rep said in a statement. “Butch will play on in our hearts forever.”

Trucks didn’t think of himself as a good drummer until Duane Allman approached him to join the band over 46 years ago.

“I was about to head back to school and get a degree in math and teach…when Duane knocked on my door,” Trucks told Billboard last year, “and then the Allman Brothers happened.”

NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 25: Recording Artist Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) performs at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 25, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

(Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

“I’m heartbroken,” Gregg Allman said in a statement upon hearing about Trucks’ passing. “I’ve lost another brother and it hurts beyond words. Butch and I knew each other since we were teenagers and we were bandmates for over 45 years. He was a great man and a great drummer and I’m going to miss him forever. Rest In Peace Brother Butch.”

Trucks’ cause of death has not been released.

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