Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks dies at age 69


(Reuters) - Drummer Butch Trucks, a founding member of American southern rock band the Allman Brothers, has died at the age of 69, his agent said on Wednesday.

Trucks died on Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Florida, his booking agent Page Stallings said. The cause of death was unknown.

"His wife, four children, four grandchildren and all of the Allman Brothers Band, their families and Road Crew survive Butch. 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," Stallings said in a statement.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Musician Butch Trucks arrives at the Adopt the Arts benefit concert at The Roxy Theatre on January 12, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Musicians Billy Gibbons, Matt Sorum and Butch Trucks arrive at the Adopt the Arts benefit concert at The Roxy Theatre on January 12, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 28: Derek Trucks and Butch Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band take a final bow at their farewell show at The Beacon Theatre on October 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Musicians Butch Trucks (R) and Melinda Trucks arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Eric Church and Butch Trucks attend All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman at The Fox Theatre on January 10, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/GABB14/Getty Images for Blackbird Productions)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Honoree Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band accepts a Lifetime Achievement award during The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominee Reception at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on February 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 16: Host Mark Hoppus talks with Butch Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band during a taping of 'Hoppus on Music' at fuse Studios on March 16, 2011 in New York City. This episode will air March 25, 2011 at 11pm ET. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 22: Jim Dolan, Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Jay Marciano, and Ron Delsener attend the Allman Brothers exclusive announcement at The Beacon Theatre on November 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 25: Recording Artist Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) performs at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented By Shell at the Fair Grounds Race Course on April 25, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - JANUARY 29: Butch Trucks and Melinda Trucks attend the 'International Centre For Missing And Exploited Children Benefit' at Breakers January 29, 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida. ( Photo by Lucien Capehart/Getty Images)
ABC IN CONCERT - Shoot Date: July 27, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, INCLUDING ALLEN WOODY (L), BUTCH TRUCKS (C) AND MARC QUINONES
Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts, Jai Johanny 'Jaimoe' Johanson and Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band, inductees (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 2000: Photo of ALLMAN BROTHERS and Gregg Allman and Dickey BETTS and Jai Johanny Jaimone JOHANSON and Butch TRUCKS; L-R: Jai Johanny 'Jaimoe' Johanson, Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks - posed, group shot (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
MACON, GA - MAY 5: Rock group The Allman Brothers (L-R) Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Gregg Allman, Jai Johanny Johanson, Berry Oakley and Butch Trucks sit on some rairoad tracks on May 5, 1969 outside of Macon, Georgia. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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Trucks helped form the Allman Brothers band in Florida in 1969, along with Duane Allman (guitar), Gregg Allman (vocals and organ), Dickey Betts (guitar), Berry Oakley (bass), and fellow drummer Jai Johanny Johanson.

The two drummers developed a rhythmic style combining jazz and conventional beats that became a signature of the band.

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971 but the Allman Brothers kept going and went on to play some of the biggest shows in their career.

Trucks recently formed a new group, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train, which had been playing dates in Florida in December and had U.S. tour dates booked in March.

His nephew, guitarist Derek Trucks, is the co-leader of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Another nephew, Duane Trucks, plays drums for Widespread Panic.

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