Yesterday, the world learned about the passing of Allman Brothers Band drummer, Butch Trucks. The 69 year old musician was a founding member and the drummer for the Allman Brothers for 48 years – having joined brothers Duane and Greg Allman, and bassist Barry Oakley in 1969 to form the classic American rock band. Initially, news reports of Butch’s passing contained very little information, but new details have emerged today about the cause of his death, and nothing will prepare you for how tragic this is.
The musician and West Palm Beach, FL resident allegedly committed suicide on January 24, 2017, inside his home. He suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and reports state that he shot himself in front of his wife, Melinda, in their waterfront condo in West Palm Beach. News outlets have reported that “a hysterical woman called 911 to report the shooting around 6:02pm Tuesday night”. Melinda Trucks is an artist, who has been married to Butch now for 25 years.
This sort of news is not something we typically share here at BON. But this has hit particularly close to home for us here. Suicide is a subject that isn’t talked about as much as it should be. So, in Butch Truck’s memory, we’d like to take a moment to bring suicide awareness to the forefront. As our BON family, we want to tell you that if you ever feel like taking your own life is the answer, there are plenty of people and organizations out there to get you the help you need. Because suicide is not the answer. We’ll be providing you with the information you need today, to either get help for yourself, or to provide help to someone you know who may be of in need of it.
Watch this tribute to Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks below, and leave your thoughts and condolences in the comments section below. May he finally be at peace.