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Allman Brothers Band Co-Founder Dickey Betts Dies at 80



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Dickey Betts, the singer-songwriter and guitarist who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band, has died.

According to Betts’ manager, David Spero, the musician died from cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Betts’s work with the band includes writing their 1973 hit, “Ramblin’ Man.” 

“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announce the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts (December 12, 1943 – April 18, 2024) at the age of 80 years old,” Betts’ family announced in a statement.

“The legendary performer, songwriter, bandleader, and family patriarch was at his home in Osprey, Florida, surrounded by his family,” the statement continued. “Dickey was larger-than-life, and his loss will be felt worldwide. At this difficult time, the family asks for prayers and respect for their privacy in the coming days. More information will be forthcoming at the appropriate time.”