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Dickey Betts photographed on Feb. 10, 1980 in Miami, Fla.
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Dickey Betts photographed on Feb. 10, 1980 in Miami, Fla.

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Dickey Betts, Allman Brothers Band Guitarist, Co-Founder, Dies at 80

The singer and guitarist died on April 18 after battling cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Allman Brothers Band co-founder singer-guitarist Dickey Betts died on Thursday morning (April 18) at 80 following a battle with cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to Rolling Stone. His family also announced the death of the musician on his Instagram account.

“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. The legendary performer, songwriter, bandleader and family patriarch was at his home in Osprey, Florida, surrounded by his family. 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.”

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