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Gregg Allman - the lead vocalist, keyboard player and one of the chief songwriters of The Allman Brothers Band - passed away last weekend at the age of 69.

The news broke in a statement on Allman's official website, which reads, "It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia."

The statement continues, "Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times."

Musicians are paying tribute to Allman, including Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton and Cher.

"Rest in peace Greg Allman peace and love to all the family," Starr tweeted.

Frampton tweeted, "So sad to hear Gregg Allman passed away I admire him so much & had the honour of jamming wth him recently. A gentle soul with so much soul."

Cher, who was married to Allman from 1975 to 1979, tweeted a photo of her and Allman together. "I've tried...words are impossible," she stated. "Forever, chooch." Cher and Allman have a son together, Elijah Blue Allman.

Slash tweeted, "Really sad news about Greg Allman passing. Such an awesome talent. & massive influence on so…"

"After the most tragic week for music, more sad news," Elton John tweeted. "Another great musician, @GreggAllman, has left us. Much love to his family & friends."