Allman Brothers Drummer Butch Trucks’ Death Ruled a Suicide
The death of Allman Brothers Band founding drummer Butch Trucks has been confirmed as a suicide. Police records include a transcript of a distraught 911 call from the 69-year-old’s wife of 25 years, Melinda.
According to the Miami Herald, Trucks shot himself in the head with a pistol while she was standing near him inside their condo in West Palm Beach. Police records state Trucks was still breathing when authorities arrived, but died shortly after. The official autopsy results have not been released. The drummer, whom Rolling Stone called one of the top 10 drummers of all time, passed away Jan. 24, but at the time a cause of death was not revealed. Trucks is survived by his wife, four children and four grandchildren, according to an official statement.
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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. Butch will play on in our hearts forever,” the statement read.
Trucks — born Claude Hudson Trucks — formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969 after being approached by Greg and Duane Allman at a gig in Daytona. He remained in the group until they disbanded in 2014.
Trucks leaves behind a musical family. 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. Donations and remembrances in Butch’s name may be made to the Big House Museum in Macon, Ga.
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