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Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks dies in West Palm Beach

Police say foul play not suspected; cause of death under investigation

Butch Trucks, pictured here in 2012, was found dead Tuesday night in West Palm Beach.
Butch Trucks, pictured here in 2012, was found dead Tuesday night in West Palm Beach. (Getty Images)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Butch Trucks, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, died Tuesday night in West Palm Beach.

West Palm Beach police Sgt. David Lefont said the 69-year-old drummer was found dead shortly after 6 p.m. at his home at 1617 N. Flagler Drive.

The band announced his death on its website Wednesday morning.

"His wife, four children, four grandchildren and all of the Allman Brothers Band, their families and road crew survive Butch," the statement said. "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."

Born in Jacksonville on May 11, 1947, Claude "Butch" Trucks teamed up with Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts and Jai Johanny Johanson to form the Allman Brothers Band in 1969.

Duane Allman died in an Oct. 29, 1971, motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia. He was 24.

Oakley met a similar fate a year later. The 24-year-old bassist was killed in a motorcycle crash just three blocks from the scene of his bandmate's fatal crash.

The Allman Brothers Band is best known for its songs "Ramblin' Man," "One Way Out" and "Melissa."

Trucks continued to record and perform with the band through its final performance at New York City's Beacon Theatre on Oct. 28, 2014.

Palm Beach County property records show that Trucks purchased a unit at the Majestic Towers condominium in April 2014.

Police said foul play is not suspected.

The cause of death remains under investigation.

Trucks' publicist, Todd Brodginski, said donations and remembrances in Truck's name can be made to the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon.