via Rolling Stone
By Kory Grow
January 24,2017

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Butch Trucks, one of the Allman Brothers Band’s founding drummers, died Tuesday evening in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 69. Page Stallings, Trucks’ booking agent, confirmed the veteran musician’s death to Rolling Stone. The cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Miami Herald.

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“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.”

“I’m heartbroken,” Gregg Allman said in a statement. “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.”

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