Allman Brothers Band-member, Butch Trucks, Reportedly Shoots himself in Front of his Wife


Butch Trucks, one of the founding drummers of the Allman Brothers Band, reportedly took his own life.

A detailed police report and dispatch call obtained by the Daily Mail reveals that Trucks’ wife Melinda frantically called 911 saying her husband had just shot himself in the head.

The musician’s rep confirmed he died on Tuesday, but did not publicize his cause of death, asking fans to respect the family and band’s privacy.

Melinda was unable to form complete sentences when speaking with dispatchers and it was noted in the report that the she had witnessed her husband of more than 25 years pull the trigger, the Mail reported.

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, according to the Daily Mail.

Melinda and her son were waiting in the hallway of the condo when responders arrived. The pair had two adult children together and Butch also had two other children from a previous marriage and four grandchildren.

It is unclear the rocker’s motive for suicide, but reports show Butch — whose real name was Claude — was having financial trouble.

He reportedly sold a Palm Beach mansion for $2 million in 2011 to pay off a mortgage.

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