Allman Brothers Band Founding Member Butch Trucks Dead at 69
Butch Trucks, one of the founding members of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, has passed away. The drummer was 69 years old.
Relix first broke the news of Trucks’ death, citing both a Facebook post from his cousin, Lee Trucks, and a post from the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival, at which Trucks was scheduled to perform in May. According to a statement from a rep, Trucks died on Tuesday night (Jan. 24) in West Palm Beach, Fla.
"His wife, four children, four grandchildren and all of the Allman Brothers Band, their families and road crew survive Butch," the statement reads. "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."
“Great drummer. Good person,” Lee Trucks writes.
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Born Claude Hudson Trucks in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 11, 1947, Trucks helped found the Allman Brothers Band with Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Berry Oakley and Jai Johanny Johanson in 1969. Trucks continued to play with the iconic group until they disbanded in 2014. He went on to play with Les Brers, which included other former ABB members, and with Butch Trucks & the Freight Train Band.
Much of Trucks’ family is involved with music. His son Vaylor Trucks performs with the Yeti Trio, and nephew Derek Trucks works with the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Another nephew, Duane Trucks, plays with both Widespread Panic and Hard Working Americans.
No cause of death has yet been released, and no further details are currently available about the death of Butch Trucks.
Donations and remembrances in Butch's name may be made to the Big House Museum in Macon, Georgia.
UPDATE: The Daily Mail reported that Trucks suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. On Thursday after the Miami Herald verified the news, citing police reports. The paper says he shot himself in the head as his wife of 25 years stood nearby.
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