Butch Trucks, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, has died aged 69.
Trucks, real name Claude Hudson Trucks, passed away on Tuesday (24Jan17).
Page Stallings, Trucks' booking agent, confirmed news of Trucks' passing to Rolling Stone magazine, but said the cause of the musician's death had not yet been determined.
Butch founded the rock group alongside brothers Duane and Gregg Allman, bassist Berry Oakley, fellow percussionist Jaimoe, and guitarist DICkey Betts in 1969, with the band going on to record hits including Ramblin' Man and Crazy Love.
The Allman Brothers Band's unusual line-up saw them perform with two drummers, with the band aiming to emulate the sound of soul legend James Brown, who also played with two sticksmen.
He first met Duane and Gregg in 1966 when they attended his then group The Bitter Ind's concert in Daytona Beach, Florida, eventually forming The Allman Brothers Band three years later.
Trucks continued to record and perform with the group until they disbanded in 2014.