Butch Trucks [background], seen her performing with the Allman Brothers Band, died on Tuesday
The call was made around 6 p.m. on Tuesday and he was still breathing when emergency personnel arrived to his West Palm Beach condo, but died moments later at 69.
Melinda and her son were waiting in the hallway of the condo when responders arrived. The pair had two children together, daughter Melody and a son Vaylor, also a musician. Trucks who also had two children from a previous marriage was a grandfather of four.
The motives behind his death remain unclear but reports indicate Butch was having financial troubles. He reportedly had to sell a Palm Beach mansion for $2 million, half the value in 2011, to pay off a mortgage while the IRS had filed two liens against the West Palm Beach condo for owed taxes totaling more than $540,000 in 2016
Butch who was named one of the top 10 drummers in rock history by Rolling Stone, first encountered brothers Gregg and Duane Allman at a gig in Daytona Beach.
The Jacksonville, Fla. native was called by the brothers to play with them one night after meeting and years later, that one encounter would lead to the forming of the official Allman Brothers Band.
Butch and drummer Jai (Jaimoe) Johnny Johanson both worked to create the classic southern-rock sound and the percussion provided to the Allman Brothers Band’s music.
Bandmate Gregg Allman, who lost his brother Duane in 1971, said he lost another brother this week.
“I’m heartbroken,” Gregg 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.”
The group broke up and then reunited three times during their run and Trucks went on to play music in his own group, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band, after they went their separate ways.